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 are 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
  • Do not walk around outside. Do not 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.