November 22, 2011

Hard on the heels of the most recent event, another fast-moving front is likely to deliver another dose of very gusty northwest winds and heavy rain on Wednesday. MetService have issued Severe Weather Warnings and Watches for heavy rain for the South Island West Coast and severe gales from south of Napier to Wellington.

“This rain is expected to fall on regions that are already saturated and soggy,” commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt. “People in Southland, Westland, and Buller are advised to be ready for rapidly rising rivers and streams. Surface flooding and slips are especially likely in Buller and north Westland.”

McDavitt added that northwest winds are likely to reach severe gale force during Wednesday afternoon around exposed parts of Wairarapa, and possibly Wellington and Hawke’s Bay south of Napier. These winds may be strong enough to damage trees and powerlines, and to make driving difficult.

“On Thursday and Friday, a strong and cooler southwest wind flow is expected to spread over New Zealand,” said McDavitt. “This may bring gales to the region between Invercargill and Dunedin.”

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For further information please contact:
Bob McDavitt Weather Ambassador (09)377 4831
MetService issues Warnings, Watches and Outlooks for severe weather over New Zealand.
Warnings are about taking action:
* When severe weather is imminent or is occurring
* Issued only when required
* Recommendation: ACT
Watches are about being alert:
* When severe weather is possible, but not sufficiently imminent or certain for a Warning to be issued
* Issued only when required
* Recommendation: BE READY
Outlooks are about looking ahead:
* To provide advance information on possible future Watches and/or Warnings
* Issued routinely once or twice a day
* Recommendation: PLAN

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