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Taranaki Civil Defence are advising people to get prepared ahead of Cyclone Gabrielle.
As Cyclone Gabrielle approaches New Zealand Met Service has issued a Red - Strong Wind Warning for the Taranaki region from 6pm tonight (13 Monday). The warning includes winds that are forecast to be severe at times with gusts reaching onwards on 120 km/h.
This afternoon Taranaki’s Civil Defence Emergency Co-ordination Centre (ECC) has activated in response to Cyclone Gabrielle.
Taranaki’s Civil Defence Group Controller Todd Velvin says: “We are continuing to work alongside our partner agencies and local council to respond as needed to the developing weather event. The latest information I have received is that we are excepting to see strong winds throughout the region as well as heavy rain.”
“We will provide updates and guidance as needed on our website and social media channels.”
Velvin is advising people to get prepared.
“We excepting to see power outages across the region. We encourage people to cancel any non-essential travel and be prepared to shelter at home if it becomes too dangerous for you to leave.”
It is recommended that people have enough emergency supplies such as water and long-lasting food, this includes essential supplies for your pets.
“Make sure you have a pet crate or cage for your animal(s) to be transported or held in. If you have livestock in your care, refer to the Ministry of Primary Industries website.”
- Put your household emergency plan into action and check your getaway kit in case you have to leave in a hurry.
- Pick up any debris around your house that could be become airborne.
- Put rubbish bins, garden furniture and other loose items in the garage or indoors to prevent property damage.
- Bring pets indoors. Move stock to shelter. If you have to evacuate, take your pets with you.
- Close windows, external and internal doors. Close all curtains to slow down any flying glass.
- Water supplies can be affected so it is a good idea to store drinking water in containers and fill bathtubs and sinks with water.
Once the strong winds arrive:
- Stay away from windows and doors. Shelter in the middle of the house preferably in an internal room such as a bathroom.
- Do not walk around outside or drive unless absolutely necessary.
- Listen to your local (state radio station names here) radio station for information.
- Power cuts are possible in severe weather. Unplug small appliances which may be affected by electrical power surges. If power is lost unplug major appliances to reduce the power surge and possible damage when power is restored.
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