Civil Defence says people in the Coromandel should not be complacent about the storm headed for the region tonight.
Cyclone Hale is expected to bring heavy rain, gale winds, and hazardous coastal conditions to the Coromandel Peninsula, Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay from 8pm tonight.
Heavy rain and strong wind watches are also in place for Northland, Auckland, Great Barrier Island, Bay of Plenty and Taupō.
MetService said more areas were likely to be added as the cyclone got closer and its exact track and intensity became clearer.
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Cyclone Hale is expected to move south as a subtropical low on Tuesday, bringing severe weather to parts of northern and central New Zealand on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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Thames Coromandel Civil Defence Controller Garry Towler said the storm would be “hard hitting”.
“There is a bit of what we call ‘storm fatigue’. People are over it and they just want a nice summer holiday… However, our job is to keep people safe.”
Civil Defence is particularly concerned about the storm surges above the high tide line likely at Buffalo and Brophy’s Beaches in Whitianga.
Towler told Morning Report people need to stay away from the beaches, waterways, creeks and rivers.
“There’s going to be huge seas and what we have in our lower parts of Coromandel, around Whitianga especially, is storm surge and what this does, not only does it cause significant erosion, but it actually damages structures such as boat ramps and access