Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Taranaki Civil Defence assesses Rahotu tornado damage

10 April, 10.30am

Taranaki Civil Defence assesses Rahotu tornado damage


Taranaki Civil Defence is assessing damage from tornados that hit the Rahotu area earlier today and is coordinating the response to assist people with damaged homes and property. Strong winds are also forecast for Taranaki later today.

The New Zealand Met Service issued a Severe Wind Warning for Taranaki from 3pm to 11pm today. Southerlies are expected to rise to severe gale, gusting to 120km/hour or more Tuesdayafternoon through to Tuesday night.

An active trough is expected to move across Taranaki this morning and early afternoon. The trough is likely to be accompanied by squally thunderstorms, possibly bringing strong wind gusts and localised damaging tornados. If tornados occur they will only affect very localised areas.

Eight homes were damaged by the tornados with three homes severely damaged. There are also reports of damage on Kahui Road.

Around 12,000 homes and businesses are without power in South Taranaki, including Rahotu and Patea.

The local Rahotu community is responding to assist those affected by the tornados. If people need food or shelter they should go to the Rahotu School.

Civil Defence will be assessing the need for emergency assistance and accommodation.

Strong winds are forecast for Taranaki later today. People can take precautions by: advises people in the area that could affected by storm/tornadoes to:
• Put your household emergency plan into action and check your getaway kit in case you have to leave in a hurry.
• Pick up any debris around your house that could be become airborne.
• Put rubbish bins, garden furniture and other loose items in the garage or indoors to prevent property damage.
• Bring pets in doors. Move stock to shelter. If you have to evacuate, take your pets with you.
• Close windows, external and internal doors. Close all curtains to slow down any flying glass.
• Water supplies can be affected so it is a good idea to store drinking water in containers and fill bathtubs and sinks with water.

Once the strong winds arrive:
• Stay away from windows and doors. Shelter in the middle of the house preferably in an internal room such as a bathroom.
• Do not walk around outside or drive unless absolutely necessary.
• Listen to your local (state radio station names here) radio station for information.
• 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.

Visit www.trc.govt.nz media releases and more information.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The (Delayed) Judgment Day For Theresa May

When under stress, British PM Theresa May reportedly eats peanut butter straight from the jar.

Crunch time is looming on Tuesday night in Britain, amid every sign that May’s compromise deal for Brexit is headed for a heavy defeat... More>>

 

Conflicts, Inadequacies: IPCA Finds Police Investigation Flawed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police investigation into inappropriate contact between a teacher and a student in Gisborne in 2014 was deficient in several respects. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference Multimedia: Grace Millane, ACC Levy Hold, Absent Execs

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern began her Monday post-cabinet press conference with an emotional comment on the murder of English backpacker Grace Millane. More>>

ALSO:

Child Poverty Monitor: Food Poverty Due To Inadequate Income, Housing Cost

The latest Child Poverty Monitor released today by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner reveals alarming facts about children suffering the impacts of family income inadequacy, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). More>>

ALSO:

Open Government: Proactively Release Of Ministerial Diaries

All Government Ministers will for the first time release details of their internal and external meetings, Minister for State Services (Open Government) Chris Hipkins announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Billion Trees: Questions Over Shanes Jones Carbon Claims

“Officials estimate the actual value of the One Billion Trees (OBT) scheme will be just a third of the amount Mr Jones claimed, at about $900 million, and that he padded the number by including $800 million of ETS benefits and $1 billion of business-as-usual activity..." More>>

'Sovereignty Concerns': Plans To Sign UN Migration Pact

New Zealand is likely going to sign up to a United Nations migration pact this week as long as it can iron out a concern around sovereignty. More>>

ALSO:

Most Vulnerable Face Most Risk: Sea Level Rise Threatens Major Infrastructure

The burden of sea-level rise will weigh on the most vulnerable unless a new approach is developed and legislated, a new report says. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Pope Of Parliament

’Tis the season of goodwill towards all humankind… except it would seem, towards the Speaker of Parliament... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels