Power restored to hundreds in Whakamarama

Updated 4pm: Power has now been restored in the Whakamarama area after being out for more than 700 properties.

Power is out to more than 700 properties in the Whakamarama area.

A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says power went off for them about 12.30pm.

Powerco is reports that 703 properties have been affected by the outage.

A resident in the area says power will be out for a while as tree has taken out a power pole and lines in the orchard behind off Albert Lane.

Powerco is estimating to have the supply back on around 5.30pm.

Brisk, gusty westerlies are currently lasing the region.

WeatherWatch.co.nz says some gale force winds may cause some issues on Wednesday.

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