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Strong wind watch issued for Gisborne district

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The MetService have issued a Strong Wind Watch for our District (and the whole of the East Coast of the North Island from East Cape to Wellington) from 9:00am to 6:00pm on Wednesday; forecasting that South to Southwesterly winds may approach severe gale in exposed places.

I have attached a snip of the MetService Map showing the area covered by the watch, which as you can see is for the more Coastal Areas rather than inland areas.

I have spoken to the Duty Forecaster who has advised me there is some variation in the models with some showing gusts around 70km/h and others showing gusts around 105 - 110km/h. As the cold front associated with this weather moves up the country and the models firm up, there is always a possibility that the Wind Watch may be upgraded to a Warning. Please note that unless there is a significant change in the forecast later tonight (eg an upgrade from a Watch to a Warning) I will not put out an update until tomorrow morning when we will have another updated forecast.

As with all Wind Watches we recommend that people should secure any loose items outside, so that they don’t become airborne hazards, eg trampolines and light outdoor furniture. We also recommend that you keep Eastland Networks fault number (0800 206 207) handy and report any power outages to them should they occur.

The details of the Strong Wind Watch are pasted below;


A cold front is forecast to move northwards across the South Island today and across the North Island on Wednesday. This front is expected to bring snow down to 300 metres about eastern districts of the South Island today, with significant accumulations likely above 500 metres from northern Otago to the Kaikoura Ranges. A Heavy Snow Watch remains in force for these areas. The snow in these areas is likely to cause disruption to some higher roads and passes in these areas, and cause distress to livestock. In addition, this front delivers a period of strong southwesterly winds. The strongest winds are expected on Wednesday in Marlborough, in the east of the North Island from Wellington to Gisborne, and also the upper North Island from Waitomo to Northland including the Coromandel Peninsula. Strong Wind Watches are now in force for these areas. People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case any changes are made.

Strong Wind Watch for Gisborne

Issued: 9:58am Tuesday, 22nd October 2019

Area: Coastal Hawkes Bay and coastal Gisborne south of East Cape

Valid: 9:00am Wednesday to 6:00pm Wednesday

South to southwesterly winds may approach severe gale in exposed places during this time.

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