There is a high risk of extreme rainfall today (Wednesday) and tomorrow across the Auckland region prior to the arrival of tropical cyclone Cook.Some residents in parts of Auckland – in particular Gulf Islands, Maraeta, iBeachlands, Kawakawa Bay, , Clevedon, Waiheke and South Auckland are urged to prepare for strong winds in addition to bursts of heavy rain and coastal storm surges over the next two days.
Current forecasts show the cyclone arriving around midday Thursday however, keep an eye on updated forecasts throughout the day as this may change.
If your property is at risk of flooding or slips, consider ahead of time whether you need to stay with friends or family for the duration of this storm event. If there is an immediate risk to life or property at any time, contact emergency services on 111.
Some communities may be isolated due to the impacts of this weather event and the following tropical cyclone Cook.
If you must travel:
Consider postponing non-essential travel
Always drive to the weather conditions and never drive through floodwaters.
If you get stuck in a flood, get out of your car and move to higher ground immediately, taking great care in the floodwaters.
If driving at night, drive slowly, especially through flood-prone areas as you may encounter flooding at short notice.
If your property or area may be affected by slips or power outages, prepare for the possibility that your road access may be cut off and ensure you have food and provisions on hand in case of isolation.
Never attempt to drive over slips and treat power lines as live at all times.
Report blocked drains, flooding and trees down on public land to the council on 09 301 0101.
Check on neighbours and family, especially if they are in at risk areas or might be affected by flooding or slips.
Please take care and keep an eye on your community.
Auckland Civil Defence and Emergency Management
Significant weather now impacting the Auckland Region.
A near-stationary line of downpours is likely to continue producing high intensity rainfalls, 25-45 mm/hr over the next 3-4 hours, and potentially longer.
There is real concern for rapid and extreme rainfall accumulations and associated localised flooding in the next few hours, while these downpours are slow-moving.
If your life is at risk dial 111. For any non urgent calls contact 09 301 0101.
If your property or suburb is flood prone
Make sure drains and gutters are cleared
Report any blocked or overflowing public street drains – see the AucklandCouncil website for more information.
Move any items in flood-prone areas somewhere they won’t get wet or damaged.
If your property or suburb may be affected by slips or power outages
Prepare for the possibility that your road access may be cut off.
Ensure you have food and provisions on hand in case of isolation.
Never attempt to drive over slips.
Treat power lines as live at all times.
Drive to the conditions
Never drive through floodwaters.
Avoid areas where flooding has occurred and, if roads are closed, observe road closures at all times.
If stuck in flood waters, get out of your car and move to higher ground as quickly as possible.