February 13, 2023
Eye of storm moving towards Barrier
Civil Defence is warning people shouldn’t let their guard down about when the full force of Cyclone Gabrielle may come.
Emergency Management national director Roger Ball says the eye of the cyclone was off the east coast of Northland at first light, and it should be just east of Aotea Great Barrier by midnight.
“As it works its way south and moving east at the same time it’s bringing very high winds from Northland down through Auckland and in to Coromande. They will fluctuate as it cycles around so that will explain why some areas reach quiet patches at certain points and then things an pick up again so I wouldn’t think you are out of the woods yet,” he says.
While the eye of the cyclone won’t directly pass over Auckland, the city can expect severe wind and rain as well as surging waves and inundation along the eastern coast.
Roger Ball says the high winds are playing havoc with power lines, and in some cases it could take days to restore electricity.