Northwest gales are expected this afternoon in exposed parts of Wellington, the Wairarapa south of Masterton, and the Marlborough Sounds. MetService forecasts the gales will start about 6pm and continue till 4am on Monday with gusts of 130 km/h.
News from WREMO – March 15
A severe wind warning has been issued for Wellington and the Wairarapa – severe northwesterly gales gusting 120kph in exposed places south of Masterton from 8pm Sunday to 6am Monday.
News from WREMO – March 14
The Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO) continues to monitor developments with respect to Cyclone Lusi this weekend. Group Controller Bruce Pepperell says that while residents should remain vigilant as cyclones can alter course, the cyclone is not expected to have as significant an impact on the Wellington region as predicted for other parts of the country.
The Metservice predicts wind gusts to remain below 110km/h over the weekend, with northeasterly winds changing to northwesterlies on Sunday afternoon. No warning has been issued for the Wellington region however, residents are advised to listen to local radio stations for weather updates.
Mr Pepperell says the cyclone should serve as a reminder to be well prepared both at home and at work.
News from WREMO – March 13
Wellington Region Emergency Management Office is encouraging people to stay abreast of developments in respect of Cyclone Lusi this weekend.
Group Controller Bruce Pepperell says that the full brunt of the cyclone is likely to miss the greater Wellington Region, but residents should be vigilant when traveling and take basic precautions at home. This should include having an emergency kit, ensuring drains and gutters run freely plus securing outdoor furniture and fittings.
People should also have back up plans in case there are power outages.
Emergency Management staff will advise if further precautions are warranted. In the meantime residents are advised to continue to listen to local radio stations for local weather forecasts and to take note of any warnings.
The NZ Herald reports that MetService forecasters are keeping a watch for severe northwesterly gales in Wellington on Sunday afternoon and evening, as the remains of Lusi move across the South Island.
UPDATE: Saturday 5pm. Wremo report a severe wind warning for Wellington and the Wairarapa. Severe NW gales gusting 120kph in exposed parts of Wgtn & Wairarapa sth of Masterton 8pm Sun-6am Monday.