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Severe Weather Watch For Tairawhiti

Issued at: 8:51pm Saturday, 12th February 2022

Situation

Cyclone DOVI was located over open waters to the west of Northland tonight (Saturday) and is moving southeast. On it's current forecast track DOVI is expected to make landfall between New Plymouth and Kawhia Harbour during Sunday morning then move eastward across the North Island. Outbreaks of heavy rain precedes the arrival of DOVI, and are already affecting central New Zealand. Gale to severe gale winds associated with DOVI are expected to affect many parts of central and northern New Zealand during Sunday. This is a significant weather event, with widespread adverse conditions likely.

Warnings and Watches for heavy rain and severe gales are in force for many places. Lastly, significant and hazardous waves with the potential of hazardous cross and rip currents are expected in association with Cyclone DOVI. The largest waves are expected on the west coast of the North Island on Sunday. Please note, that there is still some uncertainty regarding the exact timing and landfall of DOVI and the areas that are likely to be most significantly affected may change. Expert meteorologists at MetService are closely monitoring this situation. People are strongly advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts from MetService, and to follow official advice from authorities.

Strong Wind Watch for Gisborne

Issued: 8:50pm Saturday, 12th February 2022
Area: Gisborne
Valid: 6:00am Sunday to 3:00pm Sunday
Northwest winds may rise to severe gale in exposed places.

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