Wild wind brings down trees and cuts power 

STRONG winds which lashed Cooma on Tuesday, fanning the bushfires, also affected power supply to hundreds of customers in Cooma. The winds also brought down an eight metre tree on Cromwell Street, blocking off the road.

Essential energy crews were dispatched shortly before midday to attend to a supply interruption that affected 800 customers in the northern parts of Cooma.

A tree branch had come into contact with the network on Mittagang Road in a separate incident.

Essential Energy regional general manager South Eastern, Phillip Green, said attending crews carried out a patrol of the powerline to investigate the cause of the interruption.

"Essential Energy's specialist powerline workers were able to quickly remove the branch and had the network up and running in less than one hour, restoring power supply to all areas shortly after 12.30pm," he said. On the corner of Bligh and Cromwell Street an eight metre high Chinese Elm tree fell across the road about 11am.

Cooma-Monaro Shire Council staff were already at the tree when it split. They were notified about 10am when one of the limbs had fallen off. The tree weakened considerably as a result causing the tree to snap. The road was closed off and cleaned up by about 2pm.

Wind gusts of up to 85 kilometres an hour recorded by the Bureau of Meteorology on Tuesday.

Council's recreation and property manager Ross Lawley said limbs had come off trees in most streets across Cooma and in Centennial Park.

Council staff were continuing to clean up some of the debris on Wednesday as they were notified.

On Tuesday afternoon, power supply was briefly interrupted to 63 Essential Energy customers in the Yaouk and Adaminaby areas due to the windy conditions.

Attending crews restored electricity supply to all customers shortly before 4pm.

Late on Tuesday night, at the request of the Rural Fire Service, Essential Energy interrupted power supply to two customers in the Kybean Valley as a safety precaution.

Supply was restored to both properties shortly before 11am on Wednesday morning. Mr Green reminded customers to be cautious of powerlines and electrical hazards on windy days and in the event of a powerline coming down, to remain at least eight metres away from the wires and anything in contact with them. "To report a fallen powerline, or a supply interruption, contact Essential Energy immediately on 13 20 80," Mr Green said.

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