Storms can happen any time of the year. They can bring strong winds, heavy rain or snow, thunder, lightning, tornadoes and rough seas. Storms can affect wide areas, damaging property and disrupting services.

The MetService puts out severe weather warnings through news services and on their website

During a storm

Secure, or move inside, anything that can be broken or picked up by strong winds (like garden furniture or trampolines).

Close exterior and interior doors and windows. Pull curtains and blinds over windows. This could prevent injury from flying glass if the window is broken.

Stay inside. Don't walk around outside and avoid driving unless absolutely necessary.

Bring pets indoors. Many animals are unsettled by storms and it is more comforting and safer for them to be with you.

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