Damaging wind is caused by cyclones, tornados or areas of very low pressure air called deep depressions. The MetService issues a strong wind warning when winds of over 87km/h are expected over land.

Follow these steps to get through the dangers of strong winds:


Before a Storm

Getting ready before a storm strikes will help reduce damage to your home and business and help you survive.

  • Develop a Household Emergency Plan and prepare an Emergency Survival Kit so that you can cope on your own for three days or more

  • Check that your roof and guttering is secure

  • Keep materials at hand for repairing windows, such as tarpaulins, boards and duct tape

  • If you are renovating or building, make sure all work complies with the New Zealand building code which has specific standards to minimise storm damage.


When a warning is issued

  • Pick up any debris around your house that could become airborne

  • Bring rubbish bins indoors

  • Bring pets inside. Move stock to shelter

  • Listen to your local radio station for information


During a storm

  • 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

  • Don’t walk around outside. Don’t drive unless absolutely necessary


After a storm

Contact your local council and insurance company if your house or building has been severely damaged.


Ask your council for advice on how to clean up debris safely.