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SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
Issued by MetService at 8:22 pm Thursday 20-Feb-2020
A period of heavy rain for the South Island West Coast, and also northerly gales for Fiordland
A front, preceded by strong to gale northerly winds, is forecast to move onto the lower South Island tonight (Thursday) and then move east across the Island on Friday bringing a period of heavy rain to the western areas.
The heaviest rain is expected about the ranges of Westland south of Otira, where a Heavy Rain Warning is currently in force. A Heavy Rain Watch is also in force for remainder of the South Island West Coast including the headwaters of Canterbury Lakes and Rivers. In addition, a Strong Wind Watch is in force for Fiordland.
People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case any changes are made.
HEAVY RAIN WARNING - ORANGE
Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.
Area: Westland south of Otira
Valid: 12 hours from 3:00 am to 3:00 pm Friday
Forecast: Expect 100 to 180mm of rain to accumulate about the ranges, and 50 to 80mm near the coast. Peak rates of 15 to 25mm/h.
An update for severe weather will be issued by: 10:00 am Friday 21-Feb-2020
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