Batten down the hatches and tie down the trampolines because it's going to get windy.
Gale force winds with gusts up to 120km/hr are expected to hit Taranaki tonight and ease early tomorrow morning.
People should take precautions, including securing any loose objects around their homes.
The Taranaki Regional Council advises people to avoid driving if possible, especially high-sided vehicles.
Towing caravans is discouraged.
And boat owners should check if their craft and moorings are secure.
Powerco is also warning people to stay away from any power lines brought down by the predicted strong winds.
Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh said the conditions could damage trees and power lines.
"Power lines that have fallen to the ground may look safe but they're very often still live. Live lines can kill. Stay well away from them and call Powerco if you see any downed lines."
If people see lines down they should contact Powerco on the emergency line 0800 272 727.
The strong winds may also cause power cuts around the region.
Powerco's focus would be to safely restore supply to customers as soon as possible, Mr Marsh said.
People with mobile phones with a web browser can save Powerco's outage and faults page www.powerco.co.nz/Outages-and-Faults/ to their favourites for the latest information about power cuts and expected restoration times.
Mr Marsh said people wanting further information about power cuts should call their electricity retailer.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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