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Thames Coromandel District Council: Storm update #001

Storm update #001

Local government and emergency services teams are preparing for a stormy Saturday as Cyclone Lusi is expected to bring heavy rain and easterly gales to the Coromandel from tonight.

Rain is forecast to become heavy overnight, with between 100mm and 120mm expected for the Coromandel by Sunday morning.

Peak intensities of 15-20mm are expected Saturday morning and afternoon. This is also when the tides are highest. Therefore, we expect slips and surface flooding in the usual places. People also need to be careful around rivers and streams.

Strong winds gusting to 130 kilometres per hour are also expected for the Coromandel Peninsula and Kaimai Ranges tomorrow.

In advance, our contractors have been working to make sure all equipment is made safe or ready for the weekend, as required. We have also sent a bobcat along the Whitianga Beachfront to do some precautionary sand pushups.

We are monitoring the situation at this stage and the Thames Valley Civil Defence team will assess the situation again late this afternoon and at first light tomorrow.

The Group Emergency Coordination Centre in Hamilton is activated in monitoring mode and will be staffed 24 hours a day over the weekend.

Listen to your local radio stations for local weather forecasts and any warnings that may need to be issued if things get worse.

To report any damage, please call us on 07 868 0200.

However, if life or property is in danger, please call 111.

ENDS

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