Civil Defence gear up for Gita

Bay of Plenty Emergency Management Media Release - 16 February 2018

Bay of Plenty’s Civil Defence have been meeting this week to plan for the possibility of the arrival of Cyclone Gita. Along with various partner agencies from across the region, they will continue to keep a close eye on the situation over the weekend.

Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Duty Group Controller Jono Meldrum says the cyclone is still too far out to say with certainty which way it will track or when it will arrive.

“Current modelling shows it making landfall in New Zealand late Tuesday afternoon, but cyclones can be unpredictable. Regardless of when or where it hits, the entire North Island can expect heavy rain from early next week,” he says.

Top tips from Bay of Plenty Civil Defence for the weekend:

  • Take the time to prepare your property for high winds and secure large outdoor items like trampolines
  • Clear your gutters and spouting
  • Keep an eye on Metservice for up-to-date weather info.

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