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Vector monitoring weather reports with additional crews on standby

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MetService has advised that heavy rain and wind is in store for Auckland later today and tomorrow, with the potential for severe gales in exposed places.

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.

"Our response crews and storm management teams are ready to respond, and we are actively monitoring the latest weather advice and our own data on network performance. Strong wind gusts have the potential to damage power lines directly or cause vegetation and debris to blow into lines. Cars colliding with power poles in the wet is also a possibility in this type of weather."

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."

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.

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