Powerco crews on standby for Tropical Cyclone Hola

Friday, March 09, 2018

Powerco is asking people to prepare for Cyclone Hola by securing objects that could blow into overhead power lines.

Field crews are on standby ready to respond should severe wind gusts and heavy rain arrive as forecast.

Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh said the first signs of Hola were expected to be seen in the North Island on Monday.

Coromandel Peninsula, Western Bay of Plenty and South Waikato were expected to be the hardest hit regions on Powerco’s electricity network.

“There is still uncertainty over how bad it will be but we are urging residents be prepared,” Mr Marsh said.

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

Other steps householders can take to prepare for possible power cuts include stocking up on torches and batteries and having a battery-powered radio, he said.

“Make sure you have plenty of water and food supplies, and listen to the radio for up-to-date information.”

He said people should call Powerco on 0800 272727 for emergencies such as trees in power lines or lines down.

“Downed lines must be treated as live at all times and people should keep clear of them.”

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