- Cyclone Gabriel was upgraded to a Category 2 storm Thursday morning and is expected to reach Category 3 by Friday morning.
- Gabriel is expected to reach the upper North Island on Monday, ahead of Northland, Auckland and the Coromandel.
- Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown said all Aucklanders should prepare for another potential severe weather event.
- It is not yet clear which part of the North Island will be worst hit.
- The Thames-Coromandel and Auckland states of emergency have been extended.
The Coromandel can get up to 300 mm of rain in 24 hours. Cyclone Gabriel It will hit early next week.
A heavy rain warning is in effect for Northland and Auckland on the peninsula, north of Whangaparaoa, from Sunday morning until midnight Tuesday.
In the 24 hours from Monday morning to Tuesday morning, 200-300 mm of rain could fall in Coromandel, MetService said.
Auckland and Northland can get 150-200 mm of rain during the same period.
Northland and Auckland, north of Whangaparaoa, also have a strong wind advisory in place from 6am Sunday to midnight Tuesday.
Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula, south of Whangaparaoa, will experience strong winds from 6am Monday to midnight Tuesday.
MetService said east-southeast winds “could approach severe gales” in exposed areas.
“MetService expects significant wind, rain and swells from this cyclone.”
Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown extends local emergency Another week before Gabriel makes land.
A state of emergency was declared after heavy rains on January 27 caused devastating flooding. kill four people.
“My decision reflects the seriousness of the current and potential situation and our response,” Brown said Thursday afternoon.
“After Friday 27th January, our area will be flooded after what Aucklanders experienced, and if the current weather forecast comes to pass, it will be a very serious situation.”
Due to concerns over high winds, Air New Zealand has announced that customers traveling to, from or transiting Auckland, Whangarei, Kerikeri, Tauranga, Hamilton and New Plymouth will be eligible for flexible fares from Sunday 12 February to Friday 17 February. I made it
“Customers can hold their fare on credit or stay in the same class for 12 months from Sunday 12 February 2023 to Wednesday 22 February 2023 without fare difference, penalty or service charge. You can rebook on your next trip,” said Air NZ Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty. .
Airlines will do everything in their power to limit the impact of the cyclone on their travel plans, but customers should be prepared as delays and cancellations can occur, she said.
“High winds are expected in the North Island, so some changes may be necessary.”
The number of Defense Force personnel to help clean up Auckland’s post-flood waste has been set to double, and the current state of emergency is Thames Coromandel area Extended.
The storm is now over the Coral Sea, has reached Category 2, and is now heading towards New Zealand. It is expected to reach Category 3 by Friday morning.
Category 2 tropical cyclones average wind speeds of 89 to 117 kilometers per hour, according to MetService.
Category 3 tropical cyclones are upgraded to “severe” with average wind speeds of 119kph to 157kph.
MetService said very large waves and storm surges are expected to affect the northern and eastern coastlines from Northland to Gisborne from Sunday to Monday.
Wellington and the upper South Island are expected to experience severe high winds, with moderately heavy rainfall possible in some areas in the east and even in line of fire.
Prime Minister Chris Hipkins prepares emergency supplies, plan what to do in case of flooding.
“At the government level, we are ready to respond quickly to requests.
“But also my message to New Zealanders around the world is that this is something we will see more of,” Hipkins said.
By Friday afternoon, the Defense Force will have 100 men (40 Army, 30 Air Force, 30 Navy) in Oakland to help clear the waste.
“Auckland officials are concerned about the risks to public health from contaminated waste in and around people’s homes, with more severe weather forecasts potentially polluting waterways with curbside waste. I am concerned that it is possible.”
A forecast released by Niwa on Thursday morning showed Gabriel could reach almost anywhere in the North Island, including Auckland and Wellington.
No word yet on whether schools will be closed when the cyclone hits.
A Department of Education spokeswoman said the incident management team is “aware of changing weather conditions and will coordinate with the emergency management agency leading the response.”
“All education providers have emergency management plans that are activated when necessary.”
Far North Mayor Moco Tepania said the council was preparing to open an emergency operations center on Sunday if needed.
The Far North was no stranger to flood events. Shut down SH1 at Mangamka.
“We’ve done more than just practice at Northland. We’ve learned from the worst of our lives.”
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/weather-news/300802599/cyclone-gabrielle-could-hammer-coromandel-with-up-to-300mm-of-rain-in-24-hours.html Cyclone Gabriel can bring up to 300 mm of rain to the Coromandel in 24 hours