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HomeAus & NZCoromandel residents warned to prepare for 'hard hitting' Cyclone Hale

Coromandel residents warned to prepare for ‘hard hitting’ Cyclone Hale

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Civil Defence is warning those in the Coromandel to prepare for Cyclone Hale, which is due to strike the country from tomorrow night.

It comes as bad weather continues for parts of the country, cancelling two ferry sailings out of Wellington today.

Cyclone Hale is currently located southwest of New Caledonia but is expected to head for the northeast of the North Island from Monday night to Thursday, bringing heavy rain, severe gale winds and hazardous coastal conditions.

A severe weather watch is already in place for the Coromandel Peninsula, Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Thames Coromandel Civil Defence manager Garry Towler said the storm will be “hard hitting”.

“We’ve had a huge amount of rain in the last week so the catchments are absolutely saturated.

“We’re going to get ongoing slips and road closures and those sorts of things.

“It’s these storm surges and the coastal inundation that we have to be really mindful of and ensure that people are informed and kept safe.”

Civil Defence is advising people to keep up to date and make an informed decision about whether to hunker down or leave the area.

Tropical Cyclone (TC) Hale has formed in the Coral Sea & is the first named TC of the season. It is forecast to impact the North Island early this week. Even though it won’t be a TC by the time it impact us, it has the potential to cause heavy rain, powerful winds, & large waves. pic.twitter.com/wO5hThAXrI

This storm comes as the Coromandel tries to clean up from slips and flooding that sent holidaymakers packing during the week.

Meanwhile, Gisborne suffered around 40 millimetres of ran last night, that caused sewage overflows.

The Interislander’s Kaiarahi ferry has cancelled its 1.30pm

Civil Defence is warning those in the Coromandel to prepare for Cyclone Hale, which is due to strike the country from tomorrow night. Thames Coromandel Civil Defence manager Garry Towler said the storm will be "hard hitting". Tropical Cyclone (TC) Hale has formed in the Coral Sea & is the first named TC of the season.

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