High winds

If you are caught outside during high winds

  • take cover next to a building or under a secure shelter
  • avoid roofs or high places
  • use handrails
  • watch for flying debris
  • wait until the storm is over before going to clean up any damage
  • stay clear of roads and railway lines, since gusts could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle

If you are driving during high winds

  • watch for debris in the road
  • keep your distance from cars travelling around you as wind could push them into your lane of travel
  • if you are driving a high-profile vehicle, take extra caution
  • high winds are more problematic for drivers of trucks, buses, caravans and drivers towing trailers as these vehicles are easily pushed or flipped by the wind
  • reduce your speed and correct your steering, especially when moving from a sheltered to an open area, or when meeting large vehicles
  • wind is often accompanied by heavy rain
  • stay alert for slippery areas

In the event of a power cable coming down

  • report to the police and your utility company
  • avoid anything that may be touching the cable, including vehicles or tree branches

If a power cable lands on your vehicle

  • stay in the vehicle and do not touch any part of the metal frame
  • honk your horn, roll down the window and warn anyone who may approach of the danger
  • call the police
  • do not exit the car until help arrives, unless it catches fire
  • if you must exit, open the door, but do not directly step out
  • avoid the metal frame and jump to safe ground
  • be aware of vehicles around you