Severe Weather Warning for Fiordland and Southland

Message type: Alert
Hazard type: Weather
Urgency: Future
Severity: Moderate
Certainty: Likely
Recommended Action: Make Preparations
Effective Date: January 26, 2019
Effective Time: 10:00 AM
Expiry Date: January 27, 2019
Expiry Time: 1:00 AM
Who is issuing this alert: EMS
Description of event/hazard:

Heavy rain for Fiordland, and severe northwest gales for eastern parts of the South Island

A front preceded by a strong and moist northwesterly flow moves onto Fiordland tonight, then weakens as it moves slowly northwards during Sunday morning. A period of heavy rain is expected in Fiordland and southern Westland, while northwest gales will affect southern and eastern parts of the South Island.

Heavy Rain Warning
Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.
Area: Fiordland
Valid: 9 hours from 4:00pm Saturday to 1:00am Sunday
Forecast: Expect 60 to 90mm of rain, with peak intensities of 25 to 35mm per hour tonight.

Note, another period of heavy rain is likely from Sunday night until around dawn on Monday, and accumulations may reach warning criteria.

Strong Wind Warning
Strong wind gusts could damage trees, powerlines and unsecured structures. Driving may be hazardous, especially for high-sided vehicles and motorcycles.

Area: Clutha, Southland and Stewart Island
Valid: 9 hours from 1:00pm to 10:00pm Saturday
Forecast: Severe northwest gales gusting 120 km/h in exposed places.
Changes: Watch upgraded to a Warning.

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