If you’re in South Australia, chances are you’re not reading this. Widespread blackouts across the state caused by severe storms mean that all of South Australia — anywhere not with a backup generator or an uninterruptible power supply — has gone dark.
Update #3: An update on SA Power’s official Facebook page warns that around 90,000 customers are still without power supply, and while they may not have their supply restored until tomorrow the majority of the state is back online.
Update #2: SA Power says that a lot of residents are still unlikely to have power by tomorrow, although those within metropolitan Adelaide should be OK.
People in the red shaded area are supplied by damaged transmission lines – unlikely to have power tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/r5Z35IYtgt— SA Power Networks (@SAPowerNetworks) September 28, 2016
Update #1: SA Power is advising that power to parts of the metropolitan area is being slowly brought back online:
We are in the process of restoring power to parts of the metro area as transmission supplies become avail. More updates to follow.— SA Power Networks (@SAPowerNetworks) September 28, 2016
Users are advised not to report outages, with further updates to be provided through SA Power official channels, including social media.
The statewide power outage means that any mobile cell towers that are still operational will be running on battery backups or diesel generators. Many towers are already down across the state due to a lack of backup power or outages further up the backhaul network.
SA Power is telling citizens to get ready for extended outages, and to make sure they conserve mobile phone power wherever possible for emergencies.
Please brace for extended outages and ensure you conserve mobile device battery.— SA Power Networks (@SAPowerNetworks) September 28, 2016