Severe weather for Nelson region


The MetService has issued a severe weather warning for the Nelson-Tasman region.
A deep low is expected to move over the South Island on late Monday and into Tuesday, bringing with it strong to gale east to northeast winds, with outbreaks of heavy rain expected.
The strong winds are forecast for Nelson west of Motueka, where severe gales with potentially damaging gusts of 130 kmh are forecast.
This is from Monday night through to about midday Tuesday.
Rain is expected to become heavy on Monday night and then ease around midday Tuesday. In the 12 hours from midnight on Monday until midday Tuesday expect 100mm to 140mm to accumulate about the ranges between Motueka and Takaka, with 50mm to 80mm elsewhere.
Peak intensities 15 to 20mm an hour about the ranges between Motueka and Takaka Tuesday morning.
This rainfall may cause slips, surface flooding, and cause rivers and streams to rise rapidly.
It is recommended that people in these areas take care, especially with the strong winds and potentially rising rivers and streams.
The Nelson Tasman Manager Emergency Management is warning that the wind is due to be at a peak Tuesday morning and recommend extreme care is taken when heading to work or school at this time.
“People need to secure property today, remove loose material and tie down trampolines. Residents are advised to have their emergency kits ready, check household food supplies and have torches to hand in case of power outages.
“The strongest winds will arrive overnight on Monday night and will not begin to ease until Tuesday afternoon.”