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March 1996 Eastern North Island Ex-Tropical Cyclone Beti ( 1996-03-31 )

Heavy rain in Gisborne and Hawkes Bay caused floods, slips and road closures. Gale force winds caused power cuts in northeastern districts, as trees were blown onto power lines.

North Island

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at North Island
Comments:

CauseFormer tropical cyclone "Beti" moved southeast close to the East Cape on the 31st of March. The full force of the storm was unleashed over northeastern New Zealand. A rain band associated with the storm moved southwards along East Cape.

Physical CharacteristicFrontal ascent combined with strong onshore southeasterly wind, orographic uplift and copious amounts of moisture resulted in falls exceeding 300 mm (30.0 cm) in 36 hours in the ranges.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain
Comments:

ImpactHeavy rain in Gisborne and Hawkes Bay caused floods, slips and road closures.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

Affected LifelineGale force winds caused power cuts in northeastern districts, as trees were blown onto power lines.

Gisborne

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Gisborne
Comments:

CommentGisborne was battered by high winds and rain on the 31st.

CasualtiesA 49 year old man died while flying from Napier to Gisborne. The plane had crashed into the sea. The pilots body was found on the northern side of Young Nicks Head.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Gisborne Airport
Map Location: -38.65999 177.9775
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicGisborne Airport recorded 119.4 mm (11.94 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

Hawke's Bay

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Hawke's Bay
Comments:

Affected LifelineThere were power cuts in Hawke's Bay. Power was cut to areas of Clive, Haumoana, Te Awanga, and also isolated customers at Tangoio and Napier-Taupo Road.

LandslideLandslide
Comments:

Affected LifelineThere were slips on several roads.

Affected LifelineMatahorua Gorge along State Highway 2 was closed by a slip.

Affected LifelineThe Napier-Taupo Road and the Napier-Wairoa Road was affected by slips.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Bay View
Map Location: -39.41843 176.87551
Comments:

Affected LifelineSix houses were without power overnight of the 1st of April.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Hastings
Map Location: -39.635771 176.828045
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicHastings recorded 54 mm (5.4 cm) of rain in 24 hours on the 1st.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Lake Waikaremoana
Map Location: -38.76934 177.07672
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWest of Lake Waikaremoana recorded 256 mm (25.6 cm) of rain in 24 hours on the 1st.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Napier
Map Location: -39.502426 176.892804
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicNapier recorded 55.1 mm (5.51 cm) of rain in 24 hours on the 1st.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Pukeorapa homstead
Map Location: -38.97636 177.70294
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicPukeorapa recorded 331 mm (33.1 cm) of rain in 48 hours.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Waipoapoa station
Map Location: -39.873595 176.873494
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWaipoapoa Hills recorded 20.1 mm (20.1 cm) of rain in 24 hours on the 1st.

References

Headline: Storm not too disruptive.
The Hawkes Bay Herald-Tribune, 1 April 1996.
Headline: Fatal flight was 'pilots decision'.
The Hawkes Bay Herald-Tribune, 2 April 1996.
www.metservice.co.nz / Learning Centre / Notable Weather Events Archive / 1996 Autumn/ 30-31 March - 1 April 1996

March 1996 Eastern North Island Ex-Tropical Cyclone Beti ( 1996-03-31 )

Heavy rain in Gisborne and Hawkes Bay caused floods, slips and road closures. Gale force winds caused power cuts in northeastern districts, as trees were blown onto power lines.

North Island

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at North Island
Comments:

CauseFormer tropical cyclone "Beti" moved southeast close to the East Cape on the 31st of March. The full force of the storm was unleashed over northeastern New Zealand. A rain band associated with the storm moved southwards along East Cape.

Physical CharacteristicFrontal ascent combined with strong onshore southeasterly wind, orographic uplift and copious amounts of moisture resulted in falls exceeding 300 mm (30.0 cm) in 36 hours in the ranges.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain
Comments:

ImpactHeavy rain in Gisborne and Hawkes Bay caused floods, slips and road closures.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

Affected LifelineGale force winds caused power cuts in northeastern districts, as trees were blown onto power lines.

Gisborne

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Gisborne
Comments:

CommentGisborne was battered by high winds and rain on the 31st.

CasualtiesA 49 year old man died while flying from Napier to Gisborne. The plane had crashed into the sea. The pilots body was found on the northern side of Young Nicks Head.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Gisborne Airport
Map Location: -38.65999 177.9775
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicGisborne Airport recorded 119.4 mm (11.94 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

Hawke's Bay

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Hawke's Bay
Comments:

Affected LifelineThere were power cuts in Hawke's Bay. Power was cut to areas of Clive, Haumoana, Te Awanga, and also isolated customers at Tangoio and Napier-Taupo Road.

LandslideLandslide
Comments:

Affected LifelineThere were slips on several roads.

Affected LifelineMatahorua Gorge along State Highway 2 was closed by a slip.

Affected LifelineThe Napier-Taupo Road and the Napier-Wairoa Road was affected by slips.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Bay View
Map Location: -39.41843 176.87551
Comments:

Affected LifelineSix houses were without power overnight of the 1st of April.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Hastings
Map Location: -39.635771 176.828045
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicHastings recorded 54 mm (5.4 cm) of rain in 24 hours on the 1st.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Lake Waikaremoana
Map Location: -38.76934 177.07672
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWest of Lake Waikaremoana recorded 256 mm (25.6 cm) of rain in 24 hours on the 1st.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Napier
Map Location: -39.502426 176.892804
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicNapier recorded 55.1 mm (5.51 cm) of rain in 24 hours on the 1st.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Pukeorapa homstead
Map Location: -38.97636 177.70294
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicPukeorapa recorded 331 mm (33.1 cm) of rain in 48 hours.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Waipoapoa station
Map Location: -39.873595 176.873494
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWaipoapoa Hills recorded 20.1 mm (20.1 cm) of rain in 24 hours on the 1st.

References

Headline: Storm not too disruptive.
The Hawkes Bay Herald-Tribune, 1 April 1996.
Headline: Fatal flight was 'pilots decision'.
The Hawkes Bay Herald-Tribune, 2 April 1996.
www.metservice.co.nz / Learning Centre / Notable Weather Events Archive / 1996 Autumn/ 30-31 March - 1 April 1996