Blackouts plunge more than 1700 Bathurst region homes into darkness

ESSENTIAL Energy crews are investigating the cause of a massive blackout that has plunged more than 1700 homes into darkness this afternoon.

The power went out around 5.15pm and the Essential Energy website says 1762 customers have been impacted.

The supply outages have hit an area to the north and west of Bathurst, with homes in Windradyne, Eglinton, Mount Rankin, Billywillinga and Duramana affected.

The blackout hits as a series of thunderstorms rolled across the Bathurst region this afternoon.

To report an outage at your home or business, phone 13 20 80 or use the online form at