The Metservice has upgraded its Tropical Cyclone Gabrielle severe weather warning to orange for the East Coast of the North Island.
While still at warning stage the current forecast is predicting rainfall from Gisborne southwards from 9am Monday through to 9am Tuesday. The heavy rain warning forecast is 100-150mm of rain and 150-250mm of rain about the ranges including the Whareratas. Peak intensities of 20 to 30 mm/h are forecast for Monday evening.
The forecast for Hawke’s Bay from noon on Monday to noon on Tuesday is 200 to 300 mm of rain in the ranges, and 100 to 150 mm elsewhere with peak intensities of 20 to 30 mm/h from Monday night.
Locally, Civil Defence Emergency Management is on watch and monitoring the situation.
“People are being urged to be aware and prepared. At this stage we are still in a weather warning situation and this period of time is an opportunity for people to check in with whānau and friends, make sure you have a plan and are prepared for any impacts that could occur as a result of the cyclone.
“We urge you to use this time to make a plan and remain watchful. While the full impact of this weather event is unknown, significant rainfall and potentially damaging winds have been forecast for many parts of the North Island. Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.
Residents are encouraged to stay up to date by checking the MetService warnings and following Civil Defence Emergency Management Group on social media. Wairoa District Council will also be updating its Facebook page and website.
12 February 2023
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