Monday, February 13, 2023

Tasman District Council —Cyclone Gabrielle - strong wind warning and closures



Strong Wind Warning and Closures

Tasman District Council

13 Feb 2023, 15:50

MetService has issued an Orange Strong Wind Warning for the region for 24 hours from 9pm tonight (Monday 13 February).

Strong wind gusts are forecast to hit the Tasman and Nelson area late tonight. South-easterly winds are forecast to be severe at times, with gusts of up to 120 km/h in exposed places.

These winds have the potential to damage trees, powerlines and unsecured objects and structures.

Debris on roads and wind gusts could make driving hazardous especially for motorcyclists and high sided vehicles.

Please secure anything outside that could blow away, like trampolines, outdoor furniture, bins, etc. It's also a good idea to stay away from parks and reserves and avoid areas with large trees

The risk of extreme weather conditions means numerous forestry companies have closed their forests to public access due to the danger of falling trees.

Moturoa/Rabbit Island and Rough Island will be closed from 8.30pm tonight (Monday 13 February) and will reopen again on Wednesday morning.

Kingsland forest and recreational tracks will be closed from 9.00pm tonight for 24 hours. In all other Tasman District parks and reserves people are advised to avoid areas with large trees.

If the forecast high winds do hit our region, please don’t put your rubbish out for collection if you don’t need to.

The contents of wheelie bins and recycling crates have the potential to become missiles and scatter around streets if bins are blown over while at the kerbside. If you can, please hold on to your rubbish and recycling until the next collection day.

On the water, large swells are also a possibility with coastal areas exposed to the winds from the south east will be the most vulnerable. Boaties are recommended to check their moorings then stay off the water until the winds die down on Wednesday morning.

People are also being asked to consider working from home to avoid congestion and potential problems on our roads. 

Be prepared and stay safe.


Pigeon Post News Richmond, Tasman.

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