Strong wind watch issued for Bay of Plenty

Strong winds are set to lash the region for the next 24 hours.

A severe weather watch for strong wind is in force for the Bay of Plenty.

Heavy rain is being forecast for Gisborne and Hawke's Bay and severe gale southeasterlies are possible for parts of central North Island, says a statement from the MetService.

"A low to the northeast of New Zealand should continue to direct strong and moist southeasterlies over parts of the North Island through to Thursday.

"Rain is heavy at times in Gisborne and Hawke's Bay north of Napier, and southeasterlies may approach severe gale force about eastern Bay of Plenty, Taupo, Taihape, Taumarunui and North Taranaki.

"People are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts in case any changes are made or further areas are added."

Image: MetService.

STRONG WIND WATCH

Area: Bay of Plenty from Opotiki eastwards

Valid: 24 hours from 9am Wednesday to 9am Thursday

Forecast: Southeast winds may reach severe gale in exposed places.

Area: Taupo, Taihape, Taumarunui and Taranaki about and north of the Mountain

Valid: 24 hours from 9am Wednesday to 9am Thursday

Forecast: Southeast  winds may approach severe gale in exposed places at times.




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