Batten Down The Hatches!

Posted by Stay tuned to Gold FM for up to date details. on 14/03/2014

weather update

Heavy rain, gale force winds and heavy swells are forecast to hit the Coromandel later today. Tropical cyclone Lusi is likely to spread across the Bay of Plenty and the rest of the North Island on Saturday.

Large coastal waves and storm surges are expected for the northeast of the North Island from Northland to Bay of Plenty.

There is a possibility of flooding, slips, road closures, power failures and phone outages.

If you live in a flood prone area now would be a good time to make sure your drains are clean and check to ensure water can drain away from your property.

Check gutters are clear, secure items such as plastic garden furniture, rubbish bins and the children’s tramp and remember the family pets!

It’s a good idea to pull curtains and drapes over unprotected glass areas to prevent injury from shattered or flying glass if high winds develop.

Sometimes water supplies can be affected so make sure you have drinking water in containers.

If power is lost, unplug major appliances to reduce power surge and possible damage when power is restored.

Farmers are urged to move stock to sheltered areas today.

Securing your boat today is recommended.

In the past, boats have broken free of moorings and ended up adrift in storms.

Don't wait until tomorrow to find out whether your boat is in danger.

Fuller Ferries have cancelled Coromandel Ferry crossings during this warning period and the Auckland Harbourmaster says professional organisations like the Maritime Police, salvage contractors and Harbourmasters have their vessels securely tied up. This is a good sign to others that is it unsafe to go out on the water.

Adrift boats can cause significant damage to themselves and other vessels. In storms, adrift boats are likely to sink or become damaged beyond repair. It is the responsibility of the boat owner to ensure their vessel is secure.