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High-tech system tracks storms

Last updated 11:11 08/11/2012
Auckland storm
MICHAEL BRADLEY / Fairfax NZ
HIGH-TECH: The system will give visibility of rainfall impact across the Auckland region.

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Civil defence experts have developed a high-tech system to track storms, virtually as they hit Auckland.

Auckland Council's Civil Defence and the MetService have developed a computer programme that creates detailed maps in near real time, providing full visibility of rainfall impact across the Auckland region.

The council says it provides a level of detail and immediacy that is a first for New Zealand.

"We're excited about the difference this tool can make when managing storm impact in Auckland," says Auckland civil defence controller Clive Manley.

"It has the potential to dramatically improve our response efforts and allows us to be better prepared should a large storm hit Auckland."

The technology which went into the system has never been used in New Zealand before and is used overseas for post-event reporting of storms.

"The development of this tool is just one of the ways Auckland Council is working with key stakeholders to help lead the development of emergency management products with national significance."

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