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Civil Defence moitoring

Press Release

For immediate release

25 July 2008


MetService expects the Auckland region to be hit by a severe storm between midday Saturday and midday Sunday.

"This is no ordinary storm. It's one of the largest and deepest lows we've seen for some years," MetService spokesman Peter Kreft says.

"By the time this system reaches northern New Zealand on Saturday, it is likely to have significant destructive potential. The real issue will be the wind, with gusts of more than 110km/h expected,” he says.

Radio Network's weather analyst describes the storm as "extremely rare and nasty.”

The Auckland Region Emergency Management Office is monitoring the weather situation and recommends people listen to the radio for Civil Defence advice or check the Yellow Pages in your phone book on how best to prepare for this storm.

Auckland may have heavy rain and strong winds which may cause flooding and power outages in some areas. People should follow the advice given and prepare themselves just in case.

Before the storm hits you should:

• Check your drains and spouting to make sure they are clear of blockages.

• Pick up rubbish around your house that could become airborne.

• Bring rubbish bins indoors.

• Bring pets inside.

• Boaties are recommended to check their moorings.

• Check on your next door neighbours.

If the storm hits we would recommend:

• People stay at home, do not travel unless absolutely necessary.

• Open a window on the side of the building away from the wind. This will relieve pressure on the roof and help prevent it lifting

• Close all curtains to slow down flying glass and airborne objects

• Stay away from doors and windows. If the wind becomes destructive, shelter further inside the house.

For more information visit www.cdemg.org.nz or www.getthru.govt.nz


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