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Cyclone Funa About To Makes Its Presence Felt

Issued at 02:38pm 19-Jan-2008

Cyclone Funa About To Makes Its Presence Felt

MetService meteorologists are keeping a close watch on Cyclone FUNA as it leaves the tropics on Sunday. FUNA is currently centred to southwest of Fiji and is expected on Sunday to move southwestwards between Norfolk Island and Northland.

"This system is bringing very moist air from the tropics," commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt. "Rain will start affecting the north on Sunday and may become persistent and intense."

On Monday the gales near the centre of Cyclone FUNA are expected to remain west of New Zealand as it travels southwards across the Tasman Sea and rain is expected to spread across much of the North Island and into Nelson.

On Tuesday the system is expected to merge with another depression as they cross southern and central districts. "These systems will spread outwards and make widespread areas of wind and rain, making outdoor activities and travel difficult for much of the country. People are asked to plan ahead and check that they have up-to-date weather forecasts or warnings."


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