Here comes Cyclone Lusi
Bad weather from a tropical cyclone moving down the Pacific could hit Marlborough and Kaikoura this weekend, authorities are warning.
The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management yesterday advised people to prepare for possible severe weather this weekend.
Civil Defence Emergency Management director John Hamilton said the ministry and the MetService were working together, monitoring Tropical Cyclone Lusi as it moves from Vanuatu, past Fiji to New Zealand.
At this stage, computer models expected Lusi to arrive over northern New Zealand on Saturday or early Sunday, and then to track southwards over central New Zealand before moving out to sea east of the South Island on Monday.
Cyclone Lusi was expected to transition into a sub-tropical weather system as it approached New Zealand, but it was still expected to be a dangerous storm, Mr Hamilton said.
Severe weather was likely to affect many regions during this event, especially over the weekend from Northland down to Canterbury.
Heavy rain and strong, possibly galeforce, easterly winds are predicted for Marlborough and Kaikoura.
Mr Hamilton said as cyclone Lusi approached New Zealand, people were advised to keep up to date with official weather warnings and forecasts from MetService in the coming days.
Detailed advice about what to do before, during and after storms is at getthru.govt.nz Mr Hamilton said with winter approaching people should expect storms as part of normal seasonal weather, and all households and work places should be prepared.
The Marlborough Express