Be prepared for Hola to reach us says Civil Defence

'Heavy rain, severe gales' could be on way.

'Heavy rain, severe gales' could be on way.

Cyclone Hola is expected to move out of the tropics on Sunday and transition into an extra-tropical cyclone by early Monday, before approaching the upper-North Island late Monday or early Tuesday.

There is a low pressure area east of the North Island that is causing the southerly winds and cool temperatures, says Met Service meteorologist Andy Best.

There will be some rain today in the Gisborne East Coast region, easing to showers in the afternoon with lighter winds expected.

Tomorrow there will be a north-easterly but the impact of Cyclone Hola will not be felt until early next week, when we can expect heavy rain and severe gales — depending on how it tracks, he said.

Civil Defence says Gisborne people need to be prepared by tying down or putting away items in their gardens that could become flying missiles, by checking spouting and gutters, by having food and water for three days and by having battery-operated torches and radio.

Cyclone Hola is expected to move out of the tropics on Sunday and transition into an extra-tropical cyclone by early Monday, before approaching the upper-North Island late Monday or early Tuesday.

There is a low pressure area east of the North Island that is causing the southerly winds and cool temperatures, says Met Service meteorologist Andy Best.

There will be some rain today in the Gisborne East Coast region, easing to showers in the afternoon with lighter winds expected.

Tomorrow there will be a north-easterly but the impact of Cyclone Hola will not be felt until early next week, when we can expect heavy rain and severe gales — depending on how it tracks, he said.

Civil Defence says Gisborne people need to be prepared by tying down or putting away items in their gardens that could become flying missiles, by checking spouting and gutters, by having food and water for three days and by having battery-operated torches and radio.

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