The Zimbabwe Electricity and Distribution Company (ZETDC) is giving some precautionary measures to the public as Cyclone Freddy heads to Zimbabwe.
Reports from the Meteorological Officer suggest that the weather will get progressively more cloudy from east to west in these areas as the day progresses, with heavy downpours towards evening.
Strong winds due to Severe Tropical Storm Freddy are anticipated in Chipinge and Chimanimani before spreading to Chiredzi, Bikita, Mwenezi as well as Beitbridge beginning this morning.
In Harare Metropolitan, northern parts of Manicaland, and all Mashonaland Provinces, mostly cloudy conditions are expected with isolated afternoon and evening thunderstorms and a light breeze time and again. Slight gusts are probable.
Matabeleland North, Midlands, Bulawayo Metropolitan, and much of Matabeleland South Province are anticipated to be briefly cloudy and warm though an odd shower cannot be ruled out.
Below, are precautionary measures from ZETDC:
SAFETY DURING CYCLONE FREDDY
Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) wishes to advise the general public on ways to keep safe from electrical accidents during the period of Cyclone Freddy.
INDOOR ENVIRONMENT SAFETY TIPS
– Unplug sensitive electronic equipment before the storm.
– Turn off electronic appliances that were on before power was lost.
– If you have to use any electrical appliance during a storm, always dry your hands before touching the electrical appliances.
– When using an electrical appliance, make sure no part of it comes into contact with water and if it does happen, switch off and dry the appliance.
– Never use water on an electrical fire. Use a multipurpose fire extinguisher instead.
OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENT SAFETY TIPS
– Call the ZETDC National contact centre on 704 to report fallen power lines.
– All fallen power lines should be treated as live and must not be tampered with during a rainstorm.
– Waterbodies in contact with fallen power lines may be energized and thus should be avoided to prevent electrocution.
– Never mow wet grass with an electric mower.
– Do not stand under trees or electrical power lines during the rain. If fallen lines come into contact with your vehicle, remain inside your vehicle and contact 704 for immediate help.
– Do not drive over fallen power lines.
– Use socket outlet covers for all outdoor sockets.
– Please make sure all cables are well insulated and avoid using loosely connected or frayed cables. • While it’s raining, do not touch any electrical connections barefoot.
DO NOT TOUCH, DO NOT APPROACH, DO NOT CLIMB !!!
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