Tonga: Cyclone Gita - Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) DREF n° MDRTO001


Now it is considered most likely that Gita will track eastsoutheast across central New Zealand on Tuesday and Wednesday, but as has previosly been mentioned there is some uncertainty regarding the speed and track.

There is also the potential for coastal inundation with high tide overnight Tuesday and before dawn on Wednesday, due to the combination of tides, low air-pressure, strong onshore winds and large waves in excess of six metres in some places.

"The key part of the modelling for us is what's going to be the impact on those coastal communities with potential storm surge, also mindful of the rain that could come with it. then of course the wind is obviously of concern as well, and how all those things interact with each other".

MetService says on Sunday a heavy rain watch had been issued for the lower North Island from Horowhenua to Wellington, and including Wairarapa and the Tararua Range. Severe gales associated with Gita are likely so people are advised to secure property. Drivers are urged to keep a close eye on the latest road conditions and MetService forecasts before travelling.

It is unlikely the snow will warrant a widespread snow warning, but it may still affect some of the alpine roads in Canterbury.

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Marlborough Civil Defence says anyone in the Marlborough Sounds, especially campers, trampers and boaties should leave the area today.

"I could see winds gusting well over 120k in exposed areas, and that will cause some damage".

Boaties should be aware of debris at sea over the next few days.

What will be Ex Tropical Cyclone Gita moves over the upper South Island later in the evening on Tuesday. TD07F was later upgraded to a Tropical Cyclone Category 1 as it moved South South-East affecting Samoa with heavy rain causing flooding, and gusty winds of up to 39-54 miles per hour on Friday 9 February 2018.