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Vic: Thousands still without power

31 Jan 2009 10:38 AM

Thousands of Victorian homes are suffering power blackouts as the state's heatwave continues.

However .. it's a big improvement on last night's high drama .. when all Melbourne train services were cancelled .. and about half a million homes and businesses lost power in Melbourne's west .. parts of the CBD .. and western Victoria.

Victoria experienced one of its worst power outages in history .. after an electrical substation in South Morang exploded in the heat yesterday afternoon .. and power companies had to cut power from the market.

Most people affected had power again by midnight .. but full power with back-up services won't be restored until the end of the weekend .. when both lines are repaired.