Power out across Warrnambool after single-vehicle crash

UPDATE 6.45pm:

Powercor spokeswoman Melissa O’Neill said power has been restored to all of Warrnambool following a car crash earlier today.

“As per our estimated restoration time, the power is all back on in the area,” she said.

UPDATE 3.03pm:

Powercor spokeswoman Melissa O'Neill said there were only 238 customers still experiencing a lack of power supply, and the estimated restoration time was 6pm.

She said the company had managed to reroute many customers’ power to get the majority back on supply after more than 1000 customers lost power initially.

Ms O’Neill said crews were working on site to replace the power pole as quickly as possible.

She urged customers to take care around the area and thanked them for their patience.

UPDATE 1.40pm:

UPDATE 1.20pm: The Target complex in Warrnambool has reopened after power was restored to the building. 

The complex was closed for about half an hour. 

UPDATE 12.55pm: Powercor spokeswoman Melissa O'Neill confirmed 1105 Warrnambool customers were cut from supply at 12.14pm.

She said power to the majority of customers had been restored, but 423 were still off about 12.50pm.

Ms O'Neill said the estimated restoration time for power supply across the city was 3.30pm.

UPDATE 12.45pm: A crane is en route to Merri Street to remove the damaged, concrete power pole and the vehicle will be towed from the scene. 

UPDATE 12.40pm: Capitol Cinema Warrnambool has turned patrons away and cleared the premises due to the power outage. 

They told patrons Powercor expected power to be restored by about 3pm.

The Target complex in Koroit street is closed. 

Liebig Street businesses have retained power. 

UPDATE 12.35pm: A Warrnambool man, 66, will be taken to Warrnambool hospital after a single vehicle crash. 

Emergency services said a medical condition might have been the cause.

The driver’s vehicle crashed into a power pole, which has snapped at the base. 

Merri Street is closed between Fairy and Henna streets due to low-lying powerlines. 

Police, fire, ambulance and SES officials are on scene. 

EARLIER: Emergency services are responding to an incident in Warrnambool. 

Three vehicles had been turned out to the crash at Merri and Fairy streets. 

Power is out for businesses and traffic lights across the central business district. 

More to come. 

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