Seven provinces of New Zealand are in a state of emergency as the remnants of Cyclone Gita bear down, bringing howling winds and torrential rain.
Here's what we know:
- State of emergency declared in Christchurch, Buller District, Grey District, Selwyn, Westland, Tasman and Taranaki
- Civil Defence staff have been pre-deployed to the areas expected to be worst affected
- More than 40 tourists were trapped in buses in Whataroa overnight, two hours south of Greymouth
- More than fifty schools and daycare centres closed on Tuesday with some expected to close on Wednesday too
- Flights and trains have been cancelled, and SH1 north of Kaikoura is closed
- State Highway 6 has been closed from Westport to Greymouth and from Hokitika to Franz Josef Glacier
- State Highway 60 has been closed from Riwaka to Tākaka
- Riwaka residents have been evacuated as the river is near to bursting its banks
MetService has released the first weather update for Wednesday, showing where ex-Cyclone Gita is now.
A satellite map shows the former tropical cyclone is east of Canterbury, tracking south.