Severe weather warning lifted for the Bay of Plenty
Sunday, 16 March 2014 1:58 p.m.
The severe weather warning has been lifted for the Bay of Plenty as ex-cyclone Lusi heads south.
High winds and heavy rain were felt across the Bay of Plenty during Friday and Saturday, but by Sunday the weather had started to ease. There has been some minor stormwater flooding, downed trees and wind damage across the region but nothing that has caused significant damage. The highest recoded rain levels were 84mm in Tauranga, and wind gusts peaked at 90kph just off the coast.
Civil defence Emergency Management staff monitored the situation closely in the lead up to the arrival of the ex-cyclone, and kept a close eye on the situation throughout the weekend. With the worst of the weather now past, all centres are returning to normal duties.
Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Controller, Clinton Naude acknowledged the work from staff both before and during the event.
“Thanks to all CDEM and emergency services staff across the region for their work throughout the weekend. Thanks also to the public for taking this opportunity to make sure they were prepared had this storm hit with full intensity. It was excellent to see so many people checking for updates regularly and checking for developments on Facebook and on the webpage.
“In particular, during this event we have seen excellent engagement through social media. We are pleased to be able to provide trusted advice, quickly and to a wide group of people. If you don’t already, I encourage users to find us on Facebook or Twitter – Bay of Plenty Civil Defence, www.bopcivildefence.govt.nz,” Mr Naude said.
There are still strong winds and rain in some areas. Rivers may also be higher than usual so the public are still advised to take care.
“We recommend that you take care when moving around the region. Also check your neighbours, friends and family and make sure there are no issues with surface flooding, downed trees or any other storm damage,” Mr Naude said.