Major storms and severe weather can happen any time of the year and affect wide areas. They can include strong winds, heavy rain or snow, thunder, lightning, tornadoes and rough seas.

The MetService puts out severe weather watches and warnings through news services and on their website www.metservice.com.

During a storm

Secure, or move inside, anything that could cause damage in strong winds.

Close windows and doors, close curtains to prevent injury from breaking windows.

Stay inside and bring your pets inside. If you have to leave, take them with you.

Listen to the radio and follow the instructions of emergency services.