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High tides being closely monitored

High tides being closely monitored

The Auckland Emergency Coordination Centre continues to monitor adverse weather conditions across Auckland in the wake of Cyclone Lusi.

Auckland Police have confirmed the 11 year-old boy reported earlier to be missing off Takapuna beach near the boat ramp has been found at home.

Auckland Council Civil Defence controller Clive Manley says plans are in place should evacuations be required.

High tides on the east coast were forecast to peak at 7.56pm and may cause coastal erosion due to the large sea swell that has developed.

Community Response Groups have been contacted and are working with Civil Defence staff and NZ Police to inform affected people.

Clive Manley says about 50 properties were identified as potentially needing evacuation if the situation deteriorates and those properties were being informed.

Most households chose to stay at their home. If not they were going to stay at homes of friends or other family members.

Residents are advised to contact the Auckland Council Call Centre (09)3010101 should they consider they needed help.

The areas likely to be affected by the coastal conditions are:
At high risk of coastal erosion (ie properties that are very close to the beach may be affected): Snells Beach, Waiwera, Orewa, Milford, Cheltenham and Whangateau.
At moderate risk of coastal erosion: Stanmore Bay, Big Manly, Long Bay, Waiake, Browns Bay, Murrays/Mairangi Bay, Campbells Bay, Castor Bay, Milford Beach, Takapuna Beach, Narrow Neck, Omaha, Hatfields Beach, Algies Bay and Claris.

Localised power outages, surface flooding, landslips and trees down were reported throughout the day but no significant incidents were reported. At the present time, Vector says about 5000 customers are without power.

The Emergency Coordination Centre continues to monitor the region and will provide additional updates as necessary.

People are advised to be prepared and keep up to date with severe weather warnings and forecasts from MetService.

To keep up to date with outages, download Vector’s Outage Manager App from iTunes or Google Play. Go to http://www.vector.co.nz/outages.

Follow Auckland Civil Defence and Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter @AucklandCDEM.

You can also follow updates from Auckland Council on Facebook and Twitter @aklcouncil.

If you have a smartphone, please download the Auckland Civil Defence App to receive instant updates. Go to www.aucklandcivildefence.org.nz/Alerting/Get-the-Applications.

Visit www.getthru.govt.nz for detailed information on what to do, before, during and after a storm.


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