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Storms and Cyclones

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This page contains information on what to do in the event of a severe storm or cyclone.
Updated: 7/06/2012 2:57 p.m.
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Damaging wind is caused by deep depressions or by tornadoes. A strong wind warning is issued by the National Forecasting Centre when winds of more than 87 km/h are expected over land.

When a strong wind warning is issued

  • DO listen to your radio for information
  • DO bring pets inside and move stock to shelter
  • DO pick up rubbish and put rubbish bins indoors
  • DO secure outdoor furniture and lightweight garages.

During the storm

  • DO open a window on the side of the building away from the wind -this will relieve pressure on the roof.
  • DO close the curtains to slow down flying glass or other loose objects.
  • DO stay away from doors and windows. If the wind becomes destructive, shelter further inside the house. Use a mattress for added protection.
  • DO stay away from metal and electrical fixtures.
  • DO contact your local council if your house or building is severely damaged by the wind.
  • DON'T walk around outside.
  • DON'T go driving unless absolutely necessary.



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