Severe Weather Warning for Fiordland and Flood Warning – Lower Waiau River

Message type: Alert
Hazard type: Weather, Not Otherwise Categorized
Urgency: Immediate
Severity: Minor
Certainty: Likely
Recommended Action: Make Preparations
Effective Date: December 3, 2019
Effective Time: 1:00 PM
Expiry Date: December 17, 2019
Expiry Time: 10:00 AM
Who is issuing this alert: Environment Southland & Emergency Management Southland
Description of event/hazard:

The Environment Southland flood warning is still active for the lower Waiau River. The flow in the upper Waiau has reduced to normal levels.

Heavy rain in the south and west of the South Island
An active front will move northwards across the lower South Island from tonight through to Sunday afternoon, bringing a period of heavy rain to southern and western parts of the Island. Heavy rain warnings (orange) are now in force for northern Fiordland, the ranges of southern Westland and the Otago headwaters, while heavy rain watches are now in force for inland parts of Southland and the Canterbury headwaters from Arthurs Pass southwards.

People in these areas are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case any changes are made.

Area: Fiordland north of Doubtful Sound
Valid: 14 hours from 9:00pm Saturday to 11:00am Sunday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain and possible thunderstorms. Expect 90 to 130mm of rain to accumulate. Peak intensities of 20 to 30mm/hr from early Sunday morning.

What Should affected people do?

Monitor the Environment Southland website and take care near rivers and streams in the area. or

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