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Please stay watchful and be prepared

metservice issued 1035 12022023

The Wairoa district remains under a severe weather warning as Cyclone Gabrielle bears down on New Zealand.

As at 10am this morning (Sunday, February 12) an orange warning for heavy rain and strong winds remained in place.

Cyclone Gabrielle is expected to impact Hawke’s Bay from 10am Monday to 10 am Tuesday with 250 to 350 mm of rain forecast to fall in the ranges, and 100 to 150 mm elsewhere. Peak intensities of 10 to 15 mm/h, but 20 to 30 mm/h about the ranges, is forecast for Monday evening and overnight Monday.

A further period of heavy rain is possible on Tuesday evening and overnight, with rain forecast to continue on Wednesday.

Locally, Civil Defence Emergency Management is on watch and monitoring the situation.

“We urge people to use this time to make a plan, be prepared and communicate with your whānau and friends. Keep a grab bag of key items handy and be prepared to evacuate, particularly if you are in a low-lying area, or an area that has been impacted by flooding in the past. People are encouraged to self-evacuate if they do not feel safe. If you see rising water do not wait for official warnings. Head for higher ground and stay away from floodwater.”

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.

Meanwhile, tips to help you keep safe include: secure your outside gear to the ground, plan a menu for the next three days, prepare for power cuts, pack a bag that you can grab if you need to evacuate quickly. Check in on your whānau, your kaumātua and your neighbours to see if they need any support.

Stay safe whānau.

12 February 2023

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