30 Severe weather warnings cover all of NZ


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In what is certainly a rare sight the crown forecaster has today issued further warnings covering every main centre in New Zealand as a very large storm churns away in the Southern Ocean.

WeatherWatch.co.nz head weather analyst Philip Duncan says it shows the true size of this system.  "When you have the main centre of the low over 1000kms south of Stewart Island, or 2500kms south of Northland, but severe weather warnings covering most of the country, you get an idea of just how nasty this storm is".

Mr Duncan says the low will remain well offshore but the severe weather mainly lies in a belt that will cover the entire nation.

Mr Duncan says that while Christchurch has a warning in place it's really for the Southern Alps which may affect river levels around the Canterbury region - and not the downtown area itself. 

Weather conditions have quickly changed this morning for some areas.  Aucklanders woke to a sunny, calm, morning. In the past few hours winds have strengthened with gusts to 60km/h in the metropolitan area and up to 95km/h on the Manukau Heads.

WeatherWatch.co.nz says Wellington city has a gale force northerly at times with gusts to 90km/h in the city and 110km/h on the hilltops.

Kaikoura has gusts to 80km/h and Westport has gusts over 70km/h.

WeatherWatch.co.nz reported snow this morning falling in Queenstown.  Snow flurries are still in the area and it's just 2 degrees.

See all 30 warnings HERE


Comments

There are often several lows

There are often several lows like this in the far southern ocean at a given time though often further south,this is a slow one and often they can be found between south america and south africa and well south of the chathams and rotate around the globe slower than the highs and troughs.

QUESTIONS

what are some safety tips we can use to prevent as much damage as possible in this short amount of time?

Is this storm serious enough to cause panic in New Zealand, should we be panicking?

Does this mean all employers are to dismiss workers during the weekend because of these warnings of great storms and possible destruction?
Especially with road rehabilitation/construction workers and heavy traffic working out on roads and out in the weather.

How concerned should we be? because right now I'm not too convinced. But im preparing for it in case it turns out worse than its advertised to be.

Well there are no

Well there are no Civil Defence land warnings in place, so I'd say you're ok.

As our many press releases have said, damage will be minimal.  Wind is the main feature and it's a westerly - which we can cope with as it's our prevailing wind.

Major flooding isn't likely - a) there are almost no rain warnings and b) this system is more wind related than rain.

Severe thunderstorms are in the area along the west coast - they may cause isolated tornadoes.

But we anticipate little damage - even if we do have some dangerous conditions out there (severe thunderstorms, isolated tornadoes, gusts to 120km/h across the North Island and 8 metre swells in the Tasman Sea).

- WeatherWatch

auckland.

in Auckland its been fine lately, and then all of a sudden wind, rain then STORM.
What the heck. Everybody just pray that everythings goong to be okay.
Where did it even come from?
And is it tru that the storm is the size of Australia?

THATS WHAT I HEARD... DONT

THATS WHAT I HEARD... DONT WATCH THE NEWS MYSELF BUT I WOKE UP TO ALOTTA TEXTS WARNING ME... THAWT IT WAS A HOAX TILL I COME ON HERE.. IF IT IS THE SIZE OF OZZIE HOPE WERE PART OF THE OUTSKIRT OF IT AND NOT THE MIDDLE. =)

Hi ponjee To answer your

Hi ponjee

To answer your questions.

1)  Rather than one big rain band, as we'd get from a tropical low, this system will fire up aggressive shower bands (like the one you just saw).  Each one will get progressively heavier and windier.

2)  They are coming from the Tasman Sea.  If you look to the satellite map on the right side of this page you can see the clouds get thicker and more noticeable west of the South Island...it's these lumpy shower clouds that will move in later today and tomorrow to Auckland.

3)  Yes, this low and associated gales cover a huge area.  Luckily for us the true centre of this low is about 1000kms south of NZ and actually moving AWAY from us.  We are only getting the top half of it.

- WeatherWatch

WTF... IT JUST RAINED LIKE

WTF... IT JUST RAINED LIKE HEAVY... THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN... POOF! DISAPPEARED. ITS SUNNY NOW BIRDS CHIRPPING... WTH IS GOING ON WITH THIS DAMNED WEATHER...

STORM

oh nooooo. hopefully its not too serious...
oh Lord plz help us..

Well. You're either

Well. You're either religious, in which case the Lord caused the storm and won't be helping you just because you asked - or it's a widely understood manifestation of nature called weather, and you could just close your curtains and make sure you have a torch in case the power goes out.

Personally, as long as no-one gets hurt, I'm going to enjoy it.

NOT THE FIRST TO SAY THAT...

NOT THE FIRST TO SAY THAT... I KNOW A FEW PPL JEALOUS ABOUT CHCH GETTIN DAT EARTHQUAKE... GES THEY GETTIN WHAT THEY WISHD FOR... =) HOPE ITS NOT TOO BAD THOU

DOESNT SOUND THAT BAD FOR

DOESNT SOUND THAT BAD FOR AUCKLAND. JUST STRONG WINDS AND HEAVY RAIN... HOPEFULLY IM RIGHT.

"Mr Duncan says that while

"Mr Duncan says that while Christchurch has a warning in place it's really for the Southern Alps which may affect river levels around the Canterbury region - and not the downtown area itself. "

- not too much effort to check the facts surely? There is no warning in place for Christchurch.

MetService break down the

MetService break down the regions into set areas, with Christchurch and Dunedin seperate to Otago and Canterbury.  This is what MetService sends us in addition to a Canterbury warning.

We have mentioned to them before that it adds confusion as they don't always select Christchurch along with Canterbury.  This time they did.

Christchurch
    Heavy Rain Warning, Areas Affected: Headwaters of the Otago and Canterbury lakes and rivers Periods of heavy rain are expected to continue about the Divide during Friday and Saturday. In the 30 hours from 8am Friday to 2pm Saturday, a further 100 to 140mm of rain could fall near the Divide, with over 60mm likely within 15km east of the Divide. Note that most of the precipitation falling near the Divide will be snow and won't immediately flow into catchments.

Weather

Wind has been gusty for most of the day .Wind is now increasing, rain just starting to fall ,clouding over now. We are 20 mins north of Feilding , Just gave the generator a test run as we do get quite a few power cuts when the weather cuts up rough. Just off to empty the rain gauge.

will te aroha get blasted by

will te aroha get blasted by the winds or will the fact they are coming from a different direction help us?

You'll get strong winds but

You'll get strong winds but because they are coming from the north west or west Te Aroha shouldn't have too much in the way of damage we hope.  Definitely not an easterly!

- WeatherWatch

hahah

everybody.. we're going to die!

i hope the storm comes

i hope the storm comes directly for your house then we will see who will start laughing lol

AND DATS THE LAST COMMENT

AND DATS THE LAST COMMENT YOUL EVER MAKE LOLS

hahah

maybe you'll die and everybody won't.

To die - tomorrow!

...but you gotta' have an earthquake first ... 8 - D

Die

...one day... 8 - [

storm alert

i hope its not as bad as the media says it gonah be!!!!!

snowfall

hi there, just letting you know it is snowing on our farm on an off. we are about 15mins from winton heading towards lumsden, our weather station at home says its 2.1degs an windchill of -7 an its getting colder. any ideas how much snow we could get?

just adding to this we got a

just adding to this we got a windchill of -11.wind seems to be mostly coming from the north to north west..alot of snow up on the hills an mountains now.hopfully we wont have to many cold calves born over the next few more days.