Archive for March, 2011


March 28, 2011

The eye of tropical cyclone Bune is expected to pass directly overhead Raoul Island in New Zealand’s Kermadec Group tonight.  MetService forecasters have been in touch with Department of Conservation staff on the Island since Saturday, communicating warnings of the expected progress of this storm.

“At present the system has torrential rain and sustained winds of around 110 km/hr gusting 160 km/h near the centre, enough to knock over weak trees and cause minor structural damage,” commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt.

Bune is expected to slowly take a path southwards, out to the east of New Zealand, over the next few days.  On Wednesday heavy rain and a southeast gale may affect the northern Gisborne area.  There is some chance that these conditions will spread to northern Hawke’s Bay on Thursday.

“Long-period swells associated with the system  are likely to cause problems,” said McDavitt. “Cyclone swells are expected to start arriving on eastern shores from Northland to western Bay of Plenty, and in Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay, on Tuesday.  On Wednesday and possibly also Thursday as well, waves will probably be large enough in some places to pose a danger to swimmers,cause coastal erosion and test the soundness of moorings.”

Boat owners along the East Coast are advised to check their moorings beforehand.  Anyone planning to be outdoors or travelling around the eastern North Island can find the latest updates and warnings on Bune at, or, for mobiles at

For further information please contact:
Bob McDavitt       Weather Ambassador           (09)377 4831
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