Be ready for heavy rain and strong winds in Dunedin and Central Otago

17 Jan 2017

Heavy rain and high winds are predicted for Dunedin and Central Otago from Wednesday morning through to late Thursday.

A significant front is expected to cross much of the South Island, bringing high northwest winds, including possibly severe gales, and heavy rain.

Strong winds have the potential to bring down trees and powerlines, and can create electricity-related hazards. We urge people to be ready for the possibility of power outages and to keep safe around electricity. People are also advised to be aware of the fire risk in these areas.

Before a storm:

  • Securely fix trampolines, outdoor furniture and other heavy items to the ground. Wind-blown trampolines have caused power outages in previous storms.
  • 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. 

During and after a storm:

  • 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 power is restored by switching off appliances at the wall.

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 wind-related damage. Delta line crews will be on standby ready to respond should severe wind gusts arrive tomorrow as forecast. The safety of the public and line crews is of primary importance at all times.

To report downed power lines, or trees in power lines, please contact Delta on 0800 433 582.

To report a loss of power, please contact your electricity retailer.

Aurora Energy is New Zealand’s sixth largest electricity network, supplying electricity to 86,400 homes, farms and businesses in Dunedin and Central Otago.