Surfers and beach goers are being warned to take extreme care tomorrow on east coast beaches as huge swells, generated by Tropical Cyclone Gene, finally reach New Zealand. TRN’s Weather Watch Centre has issued a special alert stretching down the entire east coast from Northland to East Cape. “The northerly swells are going to build over the coming days creating huge waves and dangerous rips” says head weather analyst Philip Duncan. “With sunny, hot, weather forecast for many beaches tomorrow, and the next few days, people need to be aware of the seriousness of current sea conditions”.
Mr Duncan says extreme care will be needed especially at Hot Water Beach, Whangamata and Mount Maunganui. He also says conditions could be dangerous around Whakatane, particularly for boaties heading out.
“This storm is near New Caledonia and will drift south east over the next week, that means we’re in for several days of big seas on the east coast, eventually moving southwards for Hawkes Bay”.