Metservice has issued a severe weather watch for the country, including Auckland, with strong winds and rain expected later today.
Vector’s Head of Network Field Services Marko Simunac says Vector is monitoring the weather and has additional crews ready to respond to any power outages.
“We are actively monitoring the latest weather advice and our own data on network performance and have placed response crews and storm management teams in various locations around Auckland, ready to respond if necessary.
“In weather such as this, strong wind gusts have the potential to damage power lines directly or cause vegetation and debris to blow onto lines. There is also an increased possibility of cars colliding with power poles in the wet.”
Mr Simunac said that if the weather caused any power lines to come down, Vector would remotely shut down power to that area as a public safety precaution until crews arrive on site. “As always, our objective is to restore power as quickly as possible while ensuring the safety of our crews and the public.
“Our crews are trained to work in all weather conditions and at any hour, but there may be circumstances during which it is unsafe for them to begin or continue working to fix outages, for example during high winds. It can also sometimes take crews longer to make repairs in these types of conditions, so we ask customers to be patient and track restoration progress through our Outage Centre.”
Vector reminds the community that all lines should be treated as live at all times. If you see any damaged power equipment or power lines down, please keep a safe distance away and report it to us as soon as possible on 0508 VECTOR.
If your power goes out, you can keep up to date with restoration work relevant to your specific address through our Outage Centre, available on vector.co.nz/outages