The power outage was first reported late Wednesday afternoon and as dusk approached the whole of the state was blanketed in darkness. The local power operator, SA Power Networks, managed to restore metropolitan Adelaide south to Naracoorte and Mount Gambier overnight, as well as Port Lincoln. However, major centres such as Whyalla and Port Augusta will remain without power for today, at least.
Figures on the SA Power Networks outage site suggested 100,000 customers would remain without power until 6pm on Thursday. People in the red shaded area are supplied by damaged transmission lines – unlikely to have power tomorrow. So how exactly did this happen, and what does it mean for residents without back-up power sources and major service providers across the state?