Some 000 emergency calls in WA may be going unanswered after a Telstra cable was damaged by a possible lightning strike.
The issue has resulted in “intermittent” receipt of calls to the police, ambulance and fire brigade number across the country.
A Telstra spokesperson said the cable, running between Orange and Bowral, suffered significant fire damage consistent with lightning strike early Friday morning.
“We are working to restore services as quickly as possible and are sorry for service interruptions,” the spokesperson said.
The outage is mostly affecting NSW but there are some interruptions in Victoria, South Australia and WA.
“We’re working closely with emergency services in those states,” Telstra posted on Twitter.