Be prepared for windy weather in Otago

10 Mar 2016

A severe weather warning is in place for Otago today. Severe gales with gusts of 120 km/h are expected for Otago, but in exposed parts of inland Otago damaging gusts of 140 to 160km/h are possible.

Winds of this strength have the potential to bring down trees and powerlines, and can create electricity-related hazards. People are also advised to be aware of the fire risk in these areas.

People should be prepared for the possibility of electricity-related hazards and power outages, in particular:

  • 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 wind-related damage. The safety of the public and lines crews is of primary importance at all times.

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

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