Taipower expects full power grid recovery today
One of the biggest power shortages to have been caused by a storm in recent Taiwan history was expected — as of press time — to be resolved late yesterday, the Taiwan Power Company (Taipower, ) said.
The 90,000 households across Taiwan still suffering from power outage after Typhoon Soudelor cut the power supply for millions in Taiwan were expected to see their lights back on by late yesterday, Taipower said.
Typhoon Soudelor’s strong winds devastated high-voltage insulators and power lines nationwide. In Changhua County — the worst-hit region — around 650,000 households, or 80 percent of households in the county, were affected by blackout at some point, according to Taipower.
Around 10,000 households in the typhoon-stricken Changhua County were still suffering from a blackout yesterday afternoon, the Taipower said.
Typhoon Soudelor caused major power cuts to roughly 4.3 million households in Taiwan, but 98 percent of them have now had their power restored, Taipower said.
Many people posted their complaints on Facebook or phoned Taipower, saying that they were upset at the inconvenience of a three-day power outage though they understood that the Taipower maintenance staff were working hard to fix the problem.
Taipower claimed that they have asked for local government help so they can enter damaged area for restoration.
According to Taipower, they have pressed up to 3,600 personnel and 1,500 engineering trucks into service for reconstruction and hope to restore electricity to most of the areas that suffered from the power outage.
But the maintenance staff could not enter damaged areas in New Taipei City due to a landslide on a road, Taipower said, adding that they have asked the government for help, and the restoration will be implemented after that.