SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 8:45pm 30-Jul-2014
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Otago, Canterbury, Fiordland,
HEAVY RAIN AND WINDS ARE EASING. SEVERE GALES RETURN TO CANTERBURY
AND OTAGO THURSDAY.
A weakening front has crossed most of the South Island and the heavy
rain about and west of the Alps has now eased and the warnings are
lifted. Further heavy rain is expected during Thursday, but amounts
are likely to fall just short of warning criteria and a Watch is in
place for this rain.
Severe gales have eased over Fiordland, Southland and Otago and
should ease over Canterbury before midnight tonight. However,
northwest winds should increase again over Canterbury and Otago
during Thursday and gusts of 130km/h are possible in exposed places.
These wind gusts have the potential to damage trees and powerlines
and create difficult driving conditions.
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STRONG WIND WARNING
AREA/S AFFECTED: OTAGO
Northwesterly winds have eased. However, the wind is expected to
strengthen again for a time during Thursday. Further gusts of 120
km/h are possible between 9am and 9pm Thursday in exposed places
especially about the eastern hills and ranges including the Rock and
AREA/S AFFECTED: CANTERBURY
Strong to gale northwesterlies are expected to affect parts of
Canterbury tonight and tomorrow (Thursday). Between 8am and 10pm
tonight, wind gusts of 130 km/h are possible in some places,
especially about and immediately east of the Canterbury Foothills.
The winds should ease slightly overnight Wednesday into Thursday but
strengthen again on Thursday morning. Between 6am Thursday and at
least Thursday evening but possibly Friday morning, further wind
gusts of 130 km/h are possible in the areas highlighted above.
WARNINGS NO LONGER IN FORCE
HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: FIORDLAND
HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: WESTLAND RANGES FROM OTIRA
HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: HEADWATERS OF THE OTAGO
LAKES AND RIVERS
HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: HEADWATERS OF THE
CANTERBURY LAKES AND RIVERS FROM ARTHURS PASS SOUTHWARDS
STRONG WIND WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: FIORDLAND
STRONG WIND WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: SOUTHLAND
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00am Thursday 31-Jul-2014
Forecast prepared by: Erick Brenstrum
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