Severe winds forecast for Taranaki

Severe winds forecast for Taranaki

Friday, March 02, 2012

The New Zealand Met Service issued a severe weather warning earlier today.

The severe weather warning includes a forecast of heavy rain and north-west gales with severe gusts of around 140kph for the period 5am to 9am tomorrow Saturday 3 march.

Taranaki Civil Defence Emergency Management advises Taranaki residents to take sensible precautions to prepare their properties for high wind.

People are advised to:
• Secure any loose items such as outdoor furniture, trampolines, rubbish bins or debris around the house that could become airborne.
• Avoid any unnecessary travel and stay at home during high winds.
• Clear drains on your property that may become blocked and cause surface flooding.

Taranaki Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Controller David Lean says that it’s wise for people to check their properties in preparation for the forecast high winds.

“By taking a few simple precautions now people may avoid any damage to people or property.

“Events such as this also serve to remind us that it’s wise to regularly check our household emergency plans and survival kits. The simple message is that people should be able to look after themselves and their households for at least three days or more,” says David Lean.

To find out more on preparing for an emergency go to www.getthru.govt.nz

Media contact: Shane Briggs, Senior Emergency Management Officer, Taranaki Regional Council, ph 027 303 2177