Severe weekend weather from Tropical Cyclone Lusi could cause more trouble for Christchurch residents struggling with last week’s storm clean-up, weather forecasters say.
Heavy rain and strong winds are expected to hit the top of the North Island late Friday – with a severe weather watch from MetService already in place for Northland, Auckland and Coromandel for Friday evening and Saturday.
The ex-cyclone will then head south and likely reach eastern parts of the South Island, including Christchurch, on Saturday night, government forecasts have predicted.
Civil Defence officials and the Coastguard have already issued warnings for the rough weather, with people being reminded about an emergency survival kit and household emergency plan for adverse weather events.
The Coastguard also advised boaties to seek a temporary berth for vessels in a marina this weekend.
The worst of the weather from Cyclone Lusi was likely to hit Northland on Saturday, track to the west of the North Island then head back across central New Zealand, exiting east of the South Island later on Sunday and Monday, acccording to the government’s models.
Sodden-Christchurch residents need to be extra wary of the storm conditions.
Government spokespeople expect most parts of the country would either have a severe weather watch or warning by Sunday.
WeatherWatch also said Northland, Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula were likely to bear the brunt of the severe weekend weather, with areas around Taranaki and Wanganui also at risk.
As the rain and winds moved further south, they were likely to weaken – however strong winds and heavy rain was still possible for Wellington and Canterbury on Sunday.
The storm was unlikely to have a large impact on Otago and Invercargill, WeatherWatch said.
Current predictions are:
â€¢ Heavy rain for the northeast of the North Island from Northland to Bay of Plenty and northern Gisborne. Heavy rain also for the northeast of the South Island including Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury.
â€¢ Gale force winds for most areas of the North Island and upper South Island, with severe or damaging gales in some places.
â€¢ Large coastal waves and storm surge for the northeast of the North Island, especially from Northland to Bay of Plenty.
Mr Hamilton said with winter approaching, storms should be expected and all households and work places should be prepared.
Before a storm:
â€¢ Develop a household emergency plan. Assemble and maintain your emergency survival items, as well as a portable getaway kit.
â€¢ Prepare your property by securing large heavy objects and any item which could become a deadly or damaging missile.
â€¢ Keep materials at hand for repairing windows, such as tarpaulins, boards and duct tape.
When a warning is issued and during a storm:
â€¢ Stay informed on weather updates. Listen to your local radio stations for advice for your community and situation.
â€¢ Put your household emergency plan into action and check your getaway kit.
â€¢ Secure, or move indoors, all items that could get blown about in strong winds.
â€¢ Close windows, external and internal doors. Pull curtains and drapes over unprotected glass areas.
â€¢ If the wind becomes destructive, stay away from doors and windows and shelter inside the house.
â€¢ Water supplies can be affected so store drinking water in containers and fill bathtubs and sinks.
â€¢ Power cuts are possible in severe weather. Unplug small appliances which may be affected by electrical power surges, and if power is lost, unplug major appliances.
â€¢ Bring pets inside. Move stock to shelter. If you have to evacuate, take your pets with you.
After a storm:
â€¢ Listen to your local radio stations for the most appropriate advice for your community and situation.
â€¢ Check for injuries and help others if you can, especially people who require special assistance.
â€¢ Look for and report broken utility lines.
â€¢ Contact your local council if your house has been severely damaged.
â€¢ If your property or contents are damaged take notes and photographs and contact your insurance company.
Detailed advice is at www.getthru.govt.nz.
– NZ Herald/APNZ
on 13/03/2014 12:26am
Forecast and days if possible for Nelson/Tasman please.
on 13/03/2014 2:35am
Hi there – the forecast is continually changing for this area. Best bet is to keep an eye on our rain and wind maps in the MAPS tab above.
on 12/03/2014 10:46pm
So we all know this weekends is not looking great (I might even go for a surf on Aucklands North Shore) BUT I see next week there is a system twice the size moving down out of the Pacific. What are the two week models showing at this stage will it move onto NZ or sweep past and give the East Coast some good waves?
on 12/03/2014 11:28pm
Hi there – we are too focused on this storm to start looking ahead to the next one – but will start looking back to the tropics again on either Sunday or Monday.
on 12/03/2014 9:50pm
sorry I am abit confused here in this update you have said Wanganui may be at risk of severe weather too but your weather outlook says only showers for saturday and sunny on sunday. We are planning to drive to wanganui on saturday night from wellington and I am trying to gauge wether it would be wise to do so. We also plan driving to rotorua sunday morning and weather watch says showers and metservice says heavy rain and gales two very different forcasts. I realise it may be differcult to tell at this stage.
on 12/03/2014 11:37pm
Hi there – the entire North Island has a risk of severe weather. That story – written by the Herald – was talking more about where the centre might track – but actually severe weather is probably more likely closer to the eastern ranges rather than Wanganui itself. However if the centre does pass over then things could change. The Wanganui forecasts we have are raw data only so keep checking with our news stories and weather videos for the very latest.