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Storm Warning Update for Hawke’s Bay

14 March 2014

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence and Emergency Management Media Release

Storm Warning Update for Hawke’s Bay

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management has been monitoring the forecasts for Cyclone Lusi and the likely impacts for Hawke’s Bay are becoming clearer.

As the predicted track of Lusi has moved more to the west of the North Island, the potential swell for the Hawke’s Bay coast line has reduced to 2-5 metres.

Hawke’s Bay CDEM Group manager, Ian Macdonald says the size and nature of the swell this weekend means that people should still keep away from Hawke’s Bay beaches, however no serious wave damage is expected.

“Vulnerable coastal communities should still remain vigilant and prepared. Our focus is now on the wind and rain which will cause river systems to rise so people in upper catchment areas and the ranges need to be careful around rivers and creeks. There is also a likelihood of some surface flooding and slips around the region.”

The worst of the weather for Hawke’s Bay is expected over Saturday night and Sunday morning with a short period of heavy rain and wind.

“People still need to keep up to date with the latest weather forecast and be careful travelling over the weekend. Being a cyclone, the forecasted track of the weather system can change at short notice. Civil Defence will continue to monitor the situation over the weekend and are prepared to respond if necessary. If people are worried about their safety over the weekend they should call 111,” says Mr Macdonald.

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