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March 2016 New Zealand Storm ( 2016-03-24 )

A period of extreme weather affected many areas of New Zealand on 24 March. There was flooding on the West Coast of the South Island, and around the Nelson area. Strong winds affected areas around Auckland and Northland.

New Zealand

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at New Zealand
Comments:

Insurance ClaimInsurance claims totalled $30.2 million.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 7:54pm 22-Mar-2016. A STRONG MOIST NORTHEASTERLY FLOW BRINGS HEAVY RAIN AND SEVERE GALES TO MANY PARTS OF THE COUNTRY A strong northeasterly flow is expected to bring a very warm and moist airmass onto New Zealand on Wednesday and Thursday. The heaviest rain on Wednesday and early Thursday is likely to affect Northland, Mt Taranaki, Marlborough, Nelson, Buller and Westland.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 8:54pm 23-Mar-2016. A STRONG MOIST NORTHEASTERLY FLOW BRINGS HEAVY RAIN AND SEVERE GALES TO MANY PARTS OF THE COUNTRY A trough, preceded by a strong moist northeasterly flow is bringing significant rain to northern and western parts of both islands.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 7:10am 24-Mar-2016. A STRONG MOIST NORTHEASTERLY FLOW BRINGS HEAVY RAIN AND SEVERE GALES TO MANY PARTS OF THE COUNTRY Updated at 7:12am to add severe gale warning for Wellington.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 9:04am 24-Mar-2016. A STRONG MOIST NORTHEASTERLY FLOW BRINGS HEAVY RAIN AND SEVERE GALES TO PARTS OF THE NORTH ISLAND A trough preceded by a strong moist northeasterly flow has already brought heavy rain to many parts of the country. The trough should clear the South Island this morning and move slowly east across the North Island today and overnight. While the heavy rain over the South Island has eased there is more to come for parts of the North Island.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 11:15am 24-Mar-2016. A STRONG MOIST NORTHEASTERLY FLOW BRINGS HEAVY RAIN AND SEVERE GALES TO PARTS OF THE NORTH ISLAND.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 8:34pm 24-Mar-2016. HEAVY RAIN AFFECTING EASTERN BAY OF PLENTY AND NORTHERN GISBORNE EXPECTED TO EASE FRIDAY MORNING.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 8:00am 25-Mar-2016. HEAVY RAIN AFFECTING EASTERN BAY OF PLENTY AND NORTHERN GISBORNE HAS EASED.

West Coast

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at West Coast
Comments:

Declared EmergencyA local state of emergency was declared in the Franz Josef and Waiau region due to the extreme flooding.

FloodingFlooding at Franz Josef
Map Location: -43.390817 170.183962
Comments:

Evacuees186 people were evacuated from Scenic Circle Hotel, Top Ten Holiday Park, and Westwood Lodge in Franz Josef.

Affected LifelineState Highway 6 north of Franz Josef township was closed for a time.

Tasman-Nelson

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Tasman_Nelson
Comments:

CommentCivil Defence activated its emergency operations centre in Richmond and a Civil Defence team was in place at the Motueka Recreation Centre.

Affected LifelineState Highway 60 was closed at Riwaka, and between Upper Takaka and Collingwood.

ImpactThe Nelson council warned against collecting shellfish and swimming in Tahunanui Beach, Waimea Estuary and Nelson Haven after sewage overflowed from pump stations.

FloodingFlooding at Motueka
Map Location: -41.10406 173.020407
Comments:

CommentThere was extensive surface flooding in Motueka.

CommentA number of camper-vans were towed out of the Alexander Bluff Reserve, next to the Motueka River, as they were surrounded by water.

Evacuees12 homes were evacuated in Motueka.

FloodingFlooding at Riwaka
Map Location: -41.078397 172.990055
Comments:

ImpactHomes in the Riwaka township were evacuated after heavy rainfall caused the river to break its banks. A Civil Defence spokesperson said that flooding on the north branch of the Riwaka River was a one in 50-year event.

Auckland

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Auckland
Comments:

Affected LifelineStrong winds brought down trees, which then brought down power lines, affecting up to 18,000 homes and businesses in Auckland at the peak of the problem. The worst affected areas were around Warkworth, Waiheke Island, and the eastern bays of the North Shore.

ImpactA cruise ship waited in the Hauraki Gulf for winds to die down, before it would dock in the Auckland Harbour.

CommentThe Fire Service attended about 45 storm related callouts in Auckland. They included clearing trees from roads or power lines, calls to arching powerlines and helping to secure roofs that were lifting.

Northland

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Northland
Comments:

Affected LifelineAbout 6000 homes and businesses in Northland lost power due to the strong winds bringing down power lines.

CommentThe areas worst hit by high winds, heavy rain and falling trees were Taipa, Kaikohe, Moerewa, Kawakawa and rural Kaitaia.

References

Insurance Council of New Zealand (www.icnz.org.nz/current/weather)
Headline: Wild weather: What you need to know
www.radionz.co.nz, 24 March 2016.
Headline: Homes evacuated in Riwaka after '50-year event' flooding.
www. stuff.co.nz, 24 March 2016.
Headline: Tourists evacuated, state of emergency, after West Coast river breaks banks.
www.stuff.co.nz, 24 March 2016.
Headline: Evacuations and homes without power as wild weather batters country.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 24 March 2016.
Headline: Live: Evacuations and homes without power as storms batter country.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 24 March 2016.
Headline: Heavy rain, winds hit most of NZ
www.radionz.co.nz, 24 March 2016.
Headline: Power outages as stormy weather hits Auckland, Northland.
www.stuff.co.nz, 24 March 2016.

March 2016 New Zealand Storm ( 2016-03-24 )

A period of extreme weather affected many areas of New Zealand on 24 March. There was flooding on the West Coast of the South Island, and around the Nelson area. Strong winds affected areas around Auckland and Northland.

New Zealand

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at New Zealand
Comments:

Insurance ClaimInsurance claims totalled $30.2 million.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 7:54pm 22-Mar-2016. A STRONG MOIST NORTHEASTERLY FLOW BRINGS HEAVY RAIN AND SEVERE GALES TO MANY PARTS OF THE COUNTRY A strong northeasterly flow is expected to bring a very warm and moist airmass onto New Zealand on Wednesday and Thursday. The heaviest rain on Wednesday and early Thursday is likely to affect Northland, Mt Taranaki, Marlborough, Nelson, Buller and Westland.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 8:54pm 23-Mar-2016. A STRONG MOIST NORTHEASTERLY FLOW BRINGS HEAVY RAIN AND SEVERE GALES TO MANY PARTS OF THE COUNTRY A trough, preceded by a strong moist northeasterly flow is bringing significant rain to northern and western parts of both islands.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 7:10am 24-Mar-2016. A STRONG MOIST NORTHEASTERLY FLOW BRINGS HEAVY RAIN AND SEVERE GALES TO MANY PARTS OF THE COUNTRY Updated at 7:12am to add severe gale warning for Wellington.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 9:04am 24-Mar-2016. A STRONG MOIST NORTHEASTERLY FLOW BRINGS HEAVY RAIN AND SEVERE GALES TO PARTS OF THE NORTH ISLAND A trough preceded by a strong moist northeasterly flow has already brought heavy rain to many parts of the country. The trough should clear the South Island this morning and move slowly east across the North Island today and overnight. While the heavy rain over the South Island has eased there is more to come for parts of the North Island.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 11:15am 24-Mar-2016. A STRONG MOIST NORTHEASTERLY FLOW BRINGS HEAVY RAIN AND SEVERE GALES TO PARTS OF THE NORTH ISLAND.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 8:34pm 24-Mar-2016. HEAVY RAIN AFFECTING EASTERN BAY OF PLENTY AND NORTHERN GISBORNE EXPECTED TO EASE FRIDAY MORNING.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 8:00am 25-Mar-2016. HEAVY RAIN AFFECTING EASTERN BAY OF PLENTY AND NORTHERN GISBORNE HAS EASED.

West Coast

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at West Coast
Comments:

Declared EmergencyA local state of emergency was declared in the Franz Josef and Waiau region due to the extreme flooding.

FloodingFlooding at Franz Josef
Map Location: -43.390817 170.183962
Comments:

Evacuees186 people were evacuated from Scenic Circle Hotel, Top Ten Holiday Park, and Westwood Lodge in Franz Josef.

Affected LifelineState Highway 6 north of Franz Josef township was closed for a time.

Tasman-Nelson

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Tasman_Nelson
Comments:

CommentCivil Defence activated its emergency operations centre in Richmond and a Civil Defence team was in place at the Motueka Recreation Centre.

Affected LifelineState Highway 60 was closed at Riwaka, and between Upper Takaka and Collingwood.

ImpactThe Nelson council warned against collecting shellfish and swimming in Tahunanui Beach, Waimea Estuary and Nelson Haven after sewage overflowed from pump stations.

FloodingFlooding at Motueka
Map Location: -41.10406 173.020407
Comments:

CommentThere was extensive surface flooding in Motueka.

CommentA number of camper-vans were towed out of the Alexander Bluff Reserve, next to the Motueka River, as they were surrounded by water.

Evacuees12 homes were evacuated in Motueka.

FloodingFlooding at Riwaka
Map Location: -41.078397 172.990055
Comments:

ImpactHomes in the Riwaka township were evacuated after heavy rainfall caused the river to break its banks. A Civil Defence spokesperson said that flooding on the north branch of the Riwaka River was a one in 50-year event.

Auckland

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Auckland
Comments:

Affected LifelineStrong winds brought down trees, which then brought down power lines, affecting up to 18,000 homes and businesses in Auckland at the peak of the problem. The worst affected areas were around Warkworth, Waiheke Island, and the eastern bays of the North Shore.

ImpactA cruise ship waited in the Hauraki Gulf for winds to die down, before it would dock in the Auckland Harbour.

CommentThe Fire Service attended about 45 storm related callouts in Auckland. They included clearing trees from roads or power lines, calls to arching powerlines and helping to secure roofs that were lifting.

Northland

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Northland
Comments:

Affected LifelineAbout 6000 homes and businesses in Northland lost power due to the strong winds bringing down power lines.

CommentThe areas worst hit by high winds, heavy rain and falling trees were Taipa, Kaikohe, Moerewa, Kawakawa and rural Kaitaia.

References

Insurance Council of New Zealand (www.icnz.org.nz/current/weather)
Headline: Wild weather: What you need to know
www.radionz.co.nz, 24 March 2016.
Headline: Homes evacuated in Riwaka after '50-year event' flooding.
www. stuff.co.nz, 24 March 2016.
Headline: Tourists evacuated, state of emergency, after West Coast river breaks banks.
www.stuff.co.nz, 24 March 2016.
Headline: Evacuations and homes without power as wild weather batters country.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 24 March 2016.
Headline: Live: Evacuations and homes without power as storms batter country.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 24 March 2016.
Headline: Heavy rain, winds hit most of NZ
www.radionz.co.nz, 24 March 2016.
Headline: Power outages as stormy weather hits Auckland, Northland.
www.stuff.co.nz, 24 March 2016.