Kiwis wake up to the damage of ex Cyclone Gita

NZ 21/02/2018

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

Follow live updates of the storm over at Newshub.

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.