Cyclone Gita to bring damaging winds to New Zealand
Cyclone Gita, currently located over the Tasman Sea, is forecast to track southeastwards and cross central New Zealand late Tuesday and early Wednesday.
The passage of Gita is expected to bring a period of high-impact severe weather to many parts of central New Zealand. Heavy rain will cause slips, rapidly rising streams and rivers, and flooding.
Severe gales with damaging gusts are expected, so people are advised to secure property and items that may be blown away by strong winds.
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 6 metres in some places.
For the North Island, coastal areas from Raglan southwards to southern Wairarapa are most at risk.
For the South Island, the risk of coastal inundation is greatest for areas from Buller and North Canterbury northwards. ■