The storm is still on its way south toward New Zealand but the latest information has it downgraded from Cat 5 to Category 4, that’s still nasty, but it looks as though the cooler waters its encountering as it comes out of the tropics is taking some of the sting out of it.
As well, the track its taking is east of our North Island, maybe 100 miles or so off the coast which sounds like a lot, but this storm is several hundred miles across.
Still, that distance puts us out of the worst.
Right now the rain has hit, its windy, the Marine Nowcasting is saying 45 knots and the forecast is for 55 knots in a few hours, but that’s not really a big deal. There will be some damage, and yes it’s a big deal for those involved but the damage wont be really widespread.
I was concerned that the tidal surge would be an issue, but its neaps so the high tide is not as high as it might have been, and although high tide half an hour ago was definitely higher than the almanac said, it was not high enough to do any harm.