Be ready for strong winds

Taranaki people are urged to take simple precautions in advance of the strong winds and possible heavy rain expected as Ex Cyclone Cook passes over the North Island.

MetService has warned that from Thursday evening until early Friday morning, severe gales with gusts of 140 km/h or more are possible. Heavy rain is also possible, particularly on Mt Taranaki.

Wind speeds of this magnitude would be damaging.

Before the winds arrive, people are urged pick up any debris on their property that could be become airborne. Put rubbish bins, garden furniture and other loose items in the garage or indoors to prevent property damage. Trampolines should be securely pegged down.

They should also check that stormwater drains are clear of leaves and other debris to help reduce any surface flooding should heavy rain eventuate.

Power outages and road closures may occur due to falling trees or other flying debris. People are advised to be prepared for power cuts.

Bay of Plenty and Coromandel are predicted to bear the brunt of the bad weather, and Taranaki people are advised to delay any plans to travel to these areas until the weather improves.

Follow MetService on social media or see the agency’s website, www.metservice.com, for up-to-date weather information.

See the NZ Transport Agency website www.nzta.govt/traffic/ for up-to-date information about any disruptions to the highway network