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Cyclone Gita: advice from Marlborough Civil Defence

Cyclone Gita: advice from Marlborough Civil Defence

Cyclone Gita is expected to bring a period of severe weather to many parts of New Zealand, including Marlborough.

Heavy rain could 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.

Anyone in the Marlborough Sounds, especially campers, trampers and boaties should leave the area today. Hunters and trampers in the high country should also keep an eye on rapidly rising rivers.

HEAVY RAIN WARNING: From 10.00am to 10.00pm Tuesday, expect 150 to 200mm of rain around higher ground and lesser amounts elsewhere. Peak intensities of 20 to 30mm/hr are possible

STRONG WIND WARNING: From 4:00 pm Tuesday to 4:00 am Wednesday. Severe gale southeasterlies gusting 130 km/h in exposed places.

Be aware of fast rising streams and river levels. Expect coastal impacts 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.

Road closures from high river levels are possible at the Pelorus across SH6, Wakamarina Rd, Queen Charlotte track at Havelock, SH1 beside the Para Swamp and SH63 Wairau Valley. The southeast rainfall is likely to cause high flows in the Taylor, Opaoa, and lower Awatere tributaries, and localised issues may occur. The Opaoa fords could close overnight on Tuesday.

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

For the majority of us this is a reminder to be prepared.
- If you live near a river or an area that is prone to flooding, pack a grab bag in case you need to evacuate. Include important stuff for you and your family
- Clear gutters and drains (including street drains) and secure any loose items
- Avoid travel if possible
- Follow news reports, weather information and Civil Defence web and social media sites.


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