The cyclone, which has been upgraded to Category 3 in the last 24 hours, is heading toward the North Island and is expected to bring strong winds, heavy rain and dangerous sea conditions Sunday through Tuesday.
England is scheduled to travel 90 minutes from Hamilton Heading to the coastal city of Mount Maunganui for Thursday’s series opener against the Black Caps on Sunday afternoon, we’re keeping abreast of progress.
PA understands that no changes have been made to travel plans to date, but updates are being closely tracked and further checks will be made prior to departure.
New Zealand’s national weather agency, MetService, said in an alert: Very heavy rain, destructive winds and large waves are expected in many parts of northern and central New Zealand. It’s important to stay up to date with the latest MetService forecasts in case anything changes or more areas are added.
“Warnings have been issued, including the MetService Red Warnings, the highest alerts saved for the most severe weather events.”
With flooding and power outages possible in some areas, citizens are advised to prepare a “grab bag” of essentials and stock up on three days’ worth of food and bottled water as a precaution.
When it comes to cricket, England’s training sessions scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are already in doubt. When the team visited the ground last week, they utilized an indoor marquee to protect them from the elements, which may not be available in high winds.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cricket/england-weather-new-zealand-hamilton-b2280251.html England monitor cyclone forecast ahead of first test against New Zealand