Be prepared for stormy weather in Otago

18 Jun 2015

A severe weather warning is in place for Otago through to Friday. Heavy snow is now expected in the north and west of the region.

Aurora Energy says the public should be aware that heavy snow can create potential electricity-related hazards, and be prepared for the possibility of power outages. Heavy snow loading can damage overhead lines and take out power during severe conditions.

In particular, people should:

  • Always keep well clear of fallen power lines or damaged electrical equipment and treat them as live at all times
  • Watch out for falling tree branches as these can cause damage to power lines¬†
  • Avoid possible damage to electrical appliances when powered is restored by switching off appliances at the wall
  • Be prepared for power outages. Make sure you have adequate food supplies, warm clothing and bedding, torch and spare batteries, battery radio and an alternative source of heating and cooking.

People using medical equipment that relies on electricity should ensure they are prepared for power disruptions and if there is an immediate health threat, contact their health provider or call 111.

Aurora Energy will work hard to restore power as quickly as is safely possible in the event of storm-related damage. The safety of the public and lines crews is of primary importance at all times.