Buller District Council

Civil Defence Warns of Possible Heavy Swells

4th May, 2016

Storm force winds South of Australia have generated exceptionally powerful waves and heavy swells which are expected to arrive on the Southwest of the South Island Wednesday evening, before moving North on Thursday. These conditions could put boat moorings under a lot of stress and make harbour bars hazardous.

Civil Defence wish to advise the public to keep up to date with the latest marine forecasts, avoid coastal pathways and beaches as these conditions can be extremely dangerous. The long period swells are expected to ease slowly over the next few days.

The Westport bar will be closed from 1600 today (Wednesday 4th May 2016) and remain closed until further notice.


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