Cyclone Lusi strikes

Last updated 16:14 15/03/2014
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HERE SHE COMES: Metservice's rain radar from 7:30 this morning shows the storm moving toward Auckland.

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Emergency services have been busy on callouts in the country's north as Cyclone Lusi starts its journey across New Zealand.

MetService has increased rainfall predictions for some areas and extended severe weather warnings. Heavy rain warnings remain in place for much of the northern and eastern parts of the North Island and extend to the South Island to include Nelson, Marlborough, much of Canterbury and North Otago.

Strong wind warnings gusting to 120kmh would continue for most of the day for Northland, Auckland and parts of Waikato before hitting Wairarapa, Wellington and Marlborough tonight.

MetService said the heaviest rain would hit the Coromandel Peninsula and western Bay of Plenty from tonight.

Warnings were also in place for the eastern hills of Northland, the ranges of eastern Bay of Plenty and Gisborne, as well as the ranges of Hawke's Bay.

For the upper South Island, Marlborough and Nelson look set to receive the most intense rainfall, with 150 to 200mm possible in the ranges of northwest Nelson and 120 to 150mm about the ranges of Marlborough.

Corbett said Nelson could also be in for in excess of 150mm by the time the rain and wind passed on Monday.

Lusi was expected to cross the South Island during Sunday, then move away to the east.

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- The Marlborough Express

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