A wet and windy day is on the way for the region today.
The Metservice has issued an “orange” Heavy Rain Warning for areas of Hawke’s Bay, south of Wairoa.
In the period from 4am today until midnight tonight, up to 120mm of rain is expected.
Forecasters say the heaviest falls will be this afternoon and evening, with peak rates of 10 to 20mm per hour.
For the Wairoa District, a ‘Red’ Heavy Rain Warning has been issued, with up to 310mm of rain expected.
An ‘Orange’ Strong Wind Warning is also in place for the region.
From midday today through until 8am tomorrow, south to southwest gales are expected to reach 120km/hr in exposed places.
For Tararua District, a Strong Wind Watch is in place from 10am to 9pm today.
With Cyclone Fili bringing heavy rain and severe gales to the Hawke’s Bay and Tairawhiti regions, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is asking people to take care and avoid unnecessary travel until tomorrow.
National Journey Manager Helen Harris says with the ground still saturated from the significant weather event last month, heavy rain may trigger slips and cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly, requiring Waka Kotahi to close some state highways.
Ms Harris encourages people to avoid unnecessary travel and, if they must travel, to expect the unexpected and remain alert for unreported hazards such as surface flooding, slips and fallen trees and branches.
She says contractors will be working hard, doing what they can to keep the state highway network safe and open.
The Hawke’s Bay District Health Board has cancelled vaccination clinics and RATS test collections over the next two days.
The DHB said the cancellations were based on guidance from the HB Civil Defence Emergency Management Group due to the approaching weather.
The local clinics affected are the Pourerere RAT outreach service today; the Nelly Jully Park Waipawa mobile clinic tomorrow, and the Redwood Drive Waipukurau mobile clinic, also tomorrow.
Success for Kegan and Caitlin Kirk at the North Island Champs / NZ Secondary Schools trampoline competition in Auckland last weekend.
Kegan qualified for Nationals at both disciplines
Double mini - 1st gold
Trampoline- 1st gold
NZSS Double mini - 1st gold
NZSS trampoline - 3rd bronze
Caitlin qualified for nationals at both disciplines
Double mini - 3rd bronze
NZSS Double mini - 3rd bronze
NZSS trampoline - 2nd Silver