Energex field staff and emergency equipment has left Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast to help restore power supplies after wild weather lashed Sydney and the Central Coast and Hunter districts.

Heavy rain and cyclonic wind gusts of up to 135 km/h cut power to more than 200,000 properties while flash flooding destroyed homes and caused traffic chaos across the region.

Energy Minister, Mark Bailey, said Energex crews were primed and ready to head south to assist their New South Wales counterparts in restoring power supplies to households and businesses across the stricken region.

Energex crews will initially be based in the Hunter region to assist NSW electricity distributor Ausgrid rebuild the smashed power network and safely restore power supplies.

Mr Bailey said replacement crews would be considered once a full assessment is made of the situation.

“Energex performed a similar role earlier this year in support of its country cousin, Ergon Energy, after Cyclone Marcia struck the Central Queensland region,” he said.

“The crews are well-equipped to handle whatever nature throws at the electricity network. They are well-trained and experienced in safely and swiftly restoring power, particularly in emergencies,” he said.

Energex has a long-standing agreement with Ergon and interstate electricity distributors where the companies support each other in emergencies.

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