Severe Weather Warning for Fiordland and Southland – Orange

Message type: Alert
Hazard type: Weather
Urgency: Expected
Severity: Moderate
Certainty: Likely
Recommended Action: Make Preparations
Effective Date: January 31, 2020
Effective Time: 12:00 AM
Expiry Date: February 4, 2020
Expiry Time: 5:00 PM
Who is issuing this alert: EMS
Description of event/hazard:

A series of fronts are forecast to move slowly east across the South Island during Monday and Tuesday, bringing periods of heavy rain to the west and south of the South Island, including the Southern Alps, and strong west to northwest winds to parts of the South Island and the lower North Island.

A Heavy Rain Warning is in force for Fiordland, Westland, the headwaters of the Otago and Canterbury Lakes and Rivers, Southland, Clutha, Central Otago, the Southern Lakes.

Note: The warning in Westland and Fiordland south of Hokitka and north of George Sound had been upgraded to a RED WARNING. Significant impacts are already occuring and this event has high potential for further significant impacts, such as major slips, road closures and flooding, in the next 24 to 36 hours. This decision was made in consultation between Metservice Meteorologists and West Coast Regional Council Hydrologists and Civil Defence Officers.

Note, for parts of the South Island, especially in the west of the island, this is likely to be a significant event with the potential for slips to disrupt transport, while near the east coast of the island rivers are likely to rise in response to the heavy rain falling in the headwaters.

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

What Should affected people do?

Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case any changes are made to the current Watches or Warnings, or other areas are added.

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