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Powerco warns customers of impending storm

Monday, April 09, 2018

Powerco has asked customers in the Taranaki, Whanganui, South Waikato and Coromandel areas to brace themselves for high winds and heavy rain from tomorrow afternoon.

Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh said an approaching storm was due to affect those areas from 3pm Tuesday until 3am Wednesday.

“Winds up to 120km are expected so any loose objects are certain to become airborne,” he said.

Trampolines, outdoor furniture and other heavy items should be securely fixed to the ground.

“Falling branches and toppling trees are other hazards in weather events like these so downed lines must be treated as live at all times. Stay well clear and call Powerco on 0800 272727 for emergencies such as trees in power lines or lines down,” he said.

Temperatures were forecast to plummet as the cold, southerly blast sweeps through.

“There is the chance of snow falling in the Central Plateau region so customers there should be ready to cope with that as well,” he said.

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