Powerco issues warning as ex-tropical cyclone Fili approaches

Powerco issues warning as ex-tropical cyclone Fili approaches

Coromandel and Western Bay of Plenty customers are being urged to secure outdoor objects that can blow into power lines ahead of ex-tropical cyclone Fili making landfall.

Powerco field crews are on standby ready to respond should severe wind gusts arrive in the regions from early evening today (Tuesday) as forecast.

Powerco Network Operations Manager Scott Horniblow says trampolines, outdoor furniture and other loose items such as sheets of iron should be securely fixed to the ground.

“Wind-blown trampolines and loose roofing iron have caused multiple power outages in previous storms and are a major threat to people’s safety.

“Trees and branches blowing into power lines is another risk. It’s important if people come across downed or low power lines, they keep well clear and call Powerco’s emergency line on 0800 27 27 27.”

Steps customers can take to prepare for possible power outages include stocking up on torches and batteries, ensuring cellphone batteries are charged and BBQ gas bottles filled, and have bottled water on hand if you rely on a pump.