Updated 11:56am NZDT —- Cyclone Niran in the Coral Sea is now a severe Category 3 storm.
Since Monday the cyclone has been hugging the Queensland coastline but over the next day it will start to pull away, potentially quite fast, to the south east and towards New Caledonia.
Australia’s risks diminish over the next day.
New Zealand has low risk for this cyclone too, despite the tracking taking over NZ waters. High pressure in the Tasman Sea area coupled with a powerful southerly this weekend over NZ should keep Niran well to the north.
NIRAN Impacts –
– Rain: Heavy rain is expected from Friday night to Saturday evening.
– Wind: Gale is expected from Saturday dawn to Sunday dawn.
– Sea state: High condition is expected from Saturday afternoon to Sunday before noon (also especially, very high condition is expected from Saturday late night to Sunday morning).
– Rain: Heavy to very heavy rain is expected until Saturday night (especially in the northern island, i.e., an area relatively far from the TC’s forecast track).
– Wind: Gale is possible from Saturday night to Sunday dawn.
– Sea state: High condition is expected from Saturday afternoon to Sunday afternoon.