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Forecast updated to severe weather warning

Sunday, 15 March 2015 9:00 a.m.

Bay of Plenty Civil Defence urges residents to ensure they are adequately prepared in response to the severe weather warning metservice has issued for the Bay of Plenty region.

As Tropical Cyclone Pam continues its southwards track, the severe weather warning forecast for Gisborne and the Bay of Plenty, especially east of Edgecumbe, includes southeast gales gusting 120km/h likely with possibly gusts in excess of 160km/h, and heavy rain expected of 120mm to 140mm to accumulate, with 180mm to 220mm about the ranges.

Whilst there is still some uncertainty as to how close to the North Island the cyclone will track, it has the potential to be a significant event therefore residents are strongly urged to prepare accordingly.

  • Secure or move indoors any large heavy objects outside that could blow around in high winds, like outdoor furniture and rubbish bins. Turn trampolines upside down.
  • Lift valuable household items and chemicals as high above the floor as possible.
  • Farmers should ensure equipment is safely stored and animals are in a safe place or moved to higher ground if necessary, away from power lines and potential landslides.
  • Close windows, external and internal doors. Pull curtains and drapes over unprotected glass areas. Keep materials at hand for repairing windows, such as tarpaulins, boards and duct tape.
  • Don't walk around outside and avoid driving unless absolutely necessary.
  • 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.
  • Bring pets inside. Move stock to shelter.

Regular updates will be provided on Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management’s website www.bopcivildefence.govt.nz and on www.facebook.com/BOPCivilDefence.

 

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