Tairāwhiti officials are preparing for the worst-case scenario for Cyclone Cody, which is expected to hit late Sunday.
MetService predicts the cyclone will arrive on Sunday and is expected to be worst around the upper and eastern parts of the North Island and the upper part of the South Island.
Its tracking of the cyclone shows that it is likely to pass East Cape.
#CycloneCody should pass just east of the North Island on Monday. The blue shaded area shows the uncertainty of the trajectory. A small lane change will affect affected areas, so keep up to date with the latest warning information at https://t.co/Yjbq0jgaoz pic.twitter.com/oIu4YouObL
— MetService (@MetService) January 14, 2022
MetService predicts that Cody will generate strong easterly swells, significant sea waves and coastal flooding on exposed eastern shores.
It can also bring heavy rain and gale force winds to Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne and the far east of Bay of Plenty on Monday and Tuesday.
Gisborne Civil Defense Emergency Manager Ben Green said he wanted to be prepared for any scenario.
“We’re probably as prepared as we can be in what hopefully is potentially just a preview of the system coming our way.”
Green said they made courtesy calls to ensure residents in remote parts of the region were aware of high winds, heavy rains and high seas.
He said some people were completely unaware of the possible weather event.
Green said they treat it as the worst case scenario, especially with people vacationing in remote coastal areas.
River levels are being monitored and there has been additional cleaning of sewers and storm drains, he said.
The transport agency, Waka Kotahi, said people should be prepared for heavy swells on low-lying coastal roads, as well as heavy rain and strong gales.
This kind of weather can cause slips, debris and trees falling on the roads.
Helen Harris, national travel manager for Waka Kotahi, said tall vehicles should be especially careful in these types of conditions.
She said drivers of high-sided vehicles should consider not traveling until the weather subsides, even if the roads are open.
Crews will monitor the situation closely and close roads if the weather becomes too dangerous.
Cyclone Cody creates surges in Kaimaumau
Cyclone Cody is putting additional pressure on Kaimaumau firefighters.
The blaze has a perimeter of 50km – and has burned 2,400 hectares of bush vegetation, scrub, wetlands and dunes over the past month.
Northland Fire and Emergency had 65 firefighters on the ground yesterday and eight helicopters in the air.
He says the increased wind speed from Cyclone Cody is creating thrusts, but the fire is unlikely to break through the containment lines.