Cyclone Hola to sideswipe North Island today

Cyclone Hola is expected to track southeast, offshore from New Zealand but bringing threats of high winds and heavy rains today.

Cyclocane:

Metservice Severe Weather Warning

Heavy rain and severe gales in the north and east of the North Island on Monday

Cyclone Hola currently lies about 600 kilometres north of Cape Reinga in the Far North and is expected to track southeastwards to lie east of Cape Reinga around midday Monday. Hola should then continue to track southeastwards to lie just east of Gisborne overnight Monday, before moving away from New Zealand during Tuesday. On this track, heavy rain and severe gales are forecast to affect regions in the north and east of the North Island.

The heaviest rain is expected in Northland, Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula and Gisborne, and a heavy rain Warning is in force for these areas.

In addition, gale southeasterlies are expected to develop from Monday morning, and then to change southwesterly from Monday afternoon and evening.

The strongest winds are expected in Northland, Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne, and a strong wind Warning is in force for these areas.

People should keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case other areas are added to the Warning.

This has become a common occurrence this summer/autumn, but this time the northern half of the North Island is in the firing line, after Cyclone Gita hit the north of the South Island three weeks ago.

11 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  March 12, 2018

    Steady rain but not much wind for the last couple of hours. Guests leave today but not a good day for laundry. Next lot come tomorrow.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  March 12, 2018

      Still raining but almost no wind. Quite peaceful in the north.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  March 12, 2018

        Should add the main road between SH1 and Paihia/Opua/Russell is still closed since the last rain event and the hillside fell on it. Engineers estimate it will take 650 truckloads and six weeks to clear it working from the top down because of instability. This rain won’t be helping.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  March 12, 2018

          PDT in desperate search for lost mind.

          • Gezza

             /  March 12, 2018

            Serves you right for being in the calvary probably.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  March 12, 2018

              Bloody Catholics, got calvary on the brain. Maybe that’s where PDT lost his mind.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 12, 2018

              Alan, please refrain from mocking the afflicted. Being a PDT is a real affliction and should be pitied.

              We had a bit of rain, not much, and it’s now cloudy and rather muggy. It’s very still.

  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  March 12, 2018

    Who called it Hola ? Hola is untranslatable, of course, but it’s sort of like ‘hoorah !’ .

    • Gezza

       /  March 12, 2018

      “Cyclone Hola will be on the lips of many this morning as it begins to lash the country with wind and rain.

      But how do you say it exactly? And why is the Spanish word for “hello” causing such mayhem?

      Well, first of all it is Fijian, not Spanish, MetService meteorologist Tom Adams says.

      “Hola is a Fijian name, so no, it won’t be followed by ‘que tal’.””

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12010968

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  March 12, 2018

        I can’t not read it as if it was Espagnol. Hola, amigo !

      • NOEL

         /  March 13, 2018

        Thanks I knew they we alphabetical but wasn’t aware of geographical lists.r