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SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
Issued by MetService at 10:53 am Thursday 20-Feb-2020
A period of heavy rain in the west of the South Island during Friday, and
northerly gales about Fiordland overnight Thursday
Reissued to correct the date in the heavy rain watch for Canterbury headwaters.
A front, preceded by strong to gale northerly winds, is expected to move east
onto the South Island from the Tasman Sea tonight, and across the Island on
Friday. The front should bring a period of heavy rain to the west of the South
Island. The heaviest of rain is expected about the ranges of Westland south of
Otira, where a Heavy Rain Warning is now in force. A Heavy Rain Watch is also in
force for Fiordland, and the ranges of Westland and Buller from Otira northwards.
In addition, a Strong Wind Watch is in force for Fiordland.
People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case any
changes are made.
HEAVY RAIN WARNING - ORANGE
Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and
slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.
Area: Westland south of Otira
Valid: 12 hours from 3:00 am to 3:00 pm Friday
Forecast: Expect 100 to 180mm of rain to accumulate about the ranges, and 50 to
80mm near the coast. Peak rates of 15 to 25mm/h.
An update for severe weather will be issued by: 9:00 pm Thursday 20-Feb-2020
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