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SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
Issued by MetService at 9:09 am Tuesday 11-May-2021
Heavy rain and northwesterly gales for parts of southern and central New Zealand
A series of fronts are forecast to move over southern and central New Zealand from the southwest today (Tuesday), bringing periods of heavy rain to the west, and strong northwesterlies in the east. The heaviest rainfall is expected about the ranges of Westland where a Heavy Rain Warning remains in force, while Heavy Rain Watches are in place for northern Fiordland, Canterbury Headwaters, Buller, the ranges of northwest Nelson, the Tararua Range and Mount Taranaki.
In addition, Wellington has now been upgraded to a Strong Wind Warning, while Strong Wind Watches remain in force for the Canterbury High Country, Marlborough and Wairarapa.
People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case any of the Watches are upgraded to Warnings, or further areas are added.
HEAVY RAIN WARNING - ORANGE
Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.
Area: The ranges of Westland
Valid: 11 hours from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm Tuesday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Expect a further 90 to 140mm of rain to accumulate on top of what has already fallen. Peak rates of 20 to 30mm/h. Thunderstorms possible this afternoon.
STRONG WIND WARNING - ORANGE
Strong wind gusts could damage trees, powerlines and unsecured structures. Driving may be hazardous, especially for high-sided vehicles and motorcycles.
Valid: 12 hours from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm Tuesday
Forecast: Northwesterly gales are forecast to be severe at times, with gusts reaching 120 km/h in exposed places.
Change note: Upgraded to Orange Warning
An update for severe weather will be issued by: 9:00 pm Tuesday 11-May-2021
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