Buller District Council

Latest update on cyclone Gita

19th February, 2018


4pm 19 February 2018

Severe Weather Alert – Cyclone Gita

Cyclone Gita remains over the Tasman Sea and is forecast to affect the West Coast and Central New Zealand over Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Residents and tourists should be aware of the potential for severe gale-force winds, road closures, power outages, dangerous storm surges and waves causing coastal inundation/flooding, with heavy rain causing rapidly rising streams and rivers causing flooding.

We strongly encourage all members of our communities to keep up to date with the latest developments regarding this very significant weather system which can be found at http://www.metservice.com/warnings/severe-weather-warnings.

West Coast Emergency Management Group has been liaising with Buller, Grey and Westland district councils and relevant agencies today and will continue to monitor the situation for any further developments. It is anticipated that the effects of the remains of this weather system will be very significant. It is important the risks posed by this approaching storm are not underestimated.

We strongly recommend that people start to take some preparedness measures for themselves and their property if they have not already done so:

The Mayors of Westland, Grey and Buller District Council’s along with the Chairman of the West Coast Regional Council met today at 5.00 pm to review the latest weather predictions and modelling and will do so again tomorrow morning at 0900.




Media contact

Mark Crowe | Director | West Coast Emergency Management Group | 03 768 0466


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