Severe weekend weather from Tropical Cyclone Lusi could cause
more trouble for Christchurch residents struggling with last
week's storm clean-up, weather forecasters say.
Heavy rain and strong winds are expected to hit the top of
the North Island late on Friday - with a severe weather watch
from MetService already in place for Northland, Auckland and
Coromandel for Friday evening and Saturday.
The ex-cyclone will then head south and likely reach eastern
parts of the South Island, including Christchurch, on
Saturday night, MetService meteorologist Dan Corbett said.
Civil Defence officials and the Coastguard have already
issued warnings for the rough weather, with people being
reminded about an emergency survival kit and household
emergency plan for adverse weather events.
The Coastguard also advised boaties to seek a temporary berth
for vessels in a marina this weekend.
Mr Corbett said the worst of the weather looked to be hitting
the North Island, however Christchurch could not be ruled
"If you're in some of those northern and eastern areas, start
to plan and maybe batten down the hatches,'' he said.
The worst of the weather from Cyclone Lusi was likely to hit
Northland on Saturday, track to the west of the North Island
then head back across central New Zealand, exiting east of
the South Island later on Sunday and Monday, Mr Corbett said.
"Many, many places will be under the gun - severe weather,
gales - as the whole system just spreads down across the
country through the day on Saturday and Sunday.''
Sodden-Christchurch residents needed to be extra wary of the
storm conditions, he said.
"The ground is already very saturated. It doesn't take as
much rain to cause problems there as ... if the ground was
parched bone dry.
"They'll get into a time of persistent rain over eastern
parts of the South Island. We've already had discussions with
the council because of all the flooding in the last week or
Mr Corbett expected most parts of the country would either
have a severe weather watch or warning by Sunday.
WeatherWatch also said Northland, Auckland and the Coromandel
Peninsula were likely to bear the brunt of the severe weekend
weather, with areas around Taranaki and Wanganui also at
As the rain and winds moved further south, they were likely
to weaken _ however strong winds and heavy rain was still
possible for Wellington and Canterbury on Sunday.
The storm was unlikely to have a large impact on Otago and
Invercargill, WeatherWatch said.
Before a storm
- Develop a household emergency plan. Assemble and maintain
your emergency survival items, as well as a portable getaway
- Prepare your property by securing large heavy objects and
any item which could become a deadly or damaging missile.
- Keep materials at hand for repairing windows, such as
tarpaulins, boards and duct tape.
When a warning is issued and during a storm
- Stay informed on weather updates. Listen to your local
radio stations for advice for your community and situation.
- Put your household emergency plan into action and check
your getaway kit.
- Secure, or move indoors, all items that could get blown
about in strong winds.
- Close windows, external and internal doors. Pull curtains
and drapes over unprotected glass areas.
- If the wind becomes destructive, stay away from doors and
windows and shelter inside the house.
- Water supplies can be affected so store drinking water in
containers and fill bathtubs and sinks.
- Power cuts are possible in severe weather. Unplug small
appliances which may be affected by electrical power surges,
and if power is lost, unplug major appliances.
- Bring pets inside. Move stock to shelter. If you have to
evacuate, take your pets with you.
After a storm
- Listen to your local radio stations for the most
appropriate advice for your community and situation.
- Check for injuries and help others if you can, especially
people who require special assistance.
- Look for and report broken utility lines.
- Contact your local council if your house has been severely
- If your property or contents are damaged take notes and
photographs and contact your insurance company.
Detailed advice is at www.getthru.govt.nz.