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Cyclone still has Gisborne in its sights

Cody veers east but swells and heavy rain still in the mix.

Cylclone Cody still has Gisborne in its sights, although the cyclone is now tracking slightly east of the North Island.

MetService meteorologist Stephen Glassey said this morning that while the eye of the cyclone was tracking further east than previously forecast, Gisborne and the East Cape could still be in for some severe weather.

“The latest track on our website has it tracking just east of the East Cape and Gisborne region but we are still expecting possible heavy rain and gales to affect Gisborne on Monday.”

A large easterly swell and high waves were also expected along the coast.

“We have high confidence in that,” he said.

“As it stands now, it will still have some impacts for Gisborne but perhaps not as bad as we forecast yesterday.”

Mr Glassey said a heavy rain watch for the regions was expected to be released later today.

“With a tropical cyclone in the tropics the strongest wind and heavier rain are located around the centre of the cyclone but once it moves south, into New Zealand's area, it changes and the area of gales and heavy rain expands and the gales and heaviest rain are not necessarily located near the centre — they are located in quite a large area south of the low pressure system.

So, just because the cyclone is tracking east of Gisborne, doesn't mean it is going to miss Gisborne.”

CYCLONE PATH: This image from the MetService shows the latest likely track of Cyclone Cody. Picture by Metservice
HIGH SEAS: A heat map showing the size of expected waves from Monday.