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  • 0 Ex Tropical Cyclone Cody Could Pose Risks

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    • by Stuart Gunn
    • 11-01-2022
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    Tropical Cyclone Cody Update As at 7am TC Cody, is a Category 1 tropical cyclone. It has already caused flooding in Fiji and there has sadly been 1 fatality. The cyclone is expected to continue moving slowly southwestwards away from Fiji today before taking a more southerly track in the general direction of New Zealand Most computer model forecasts currently suggest the cyclone could pass near to East Cape late on Sunday or on Monday. Please refer to the information on the following maps for details. ECMWF Model    GFS model   Metservice Probability   BSCH Rain amounts and wind 10am-1pm Monday   BSCH Rain amounts and wind 1pm - 4pm Monday        BSCH Rain amounts and wind 4pm - 7pm Monday          There could be potential for flooding rain, damaging winds and coastal inundation. Regardless of proximity of the cyclone, New Zealand it is likely large waves impacting parts of the east coast of the North Island. Exact track is not locked in may change which will determine who is affected and how. We strongly advise you to keep up to date with our emergency push alerts at http://www.lertinfo.co.nz/ and share this article with your friends More info on TC Cody  https://bit.ly/34sGDui

  • 0 Special Offer For Subscribers

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       You  have been specially chosen, to try our Txt Road alert service, for FREE,  for 1 month.  Road Lert Info is NZ’s only National Txt road alert service that anyone can use, and is perfect for anyone driving on State Highways. You’ll get Txt road alerts  for the Island you select, so if you’re based on Wellington for example, you’ll get alerts for ALL North Is. State Highways Incidents happen without warning,  and our monitoring will pick these up and alert you in real time, To  try the service, reply HERE and we will set you up. All we need to know is the Island you want alerts for.           Cheers The Lert Info Team

  • 0 Heat Alerts and What They Mean

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    As part of our service Lert Info now sends alerts for heat to any location that is likely to be affected.   The definition of a heat alert  from Metservice is: When two consecutive days are set to meet or exceed the respective threshold for the weather station at that location. Each location has a slightly different threshold.     Tips to manage yourself in a heat alert: - Drink plenty of water. About 2-3 L per day - Drink heaps of cold drinks - Supplement with something like Berrocca to increase your electrolites - Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and hot drinks - Dress in light, cool clothing - Wear a hat - Use sunscreen - Stay out of the sun - Take a cool shower. - Do NOT leave children locked in vehicles. - If you feel dizzy, weak, or have an intense thirst or headache you may be dehydrated.   Pets: - Ensure they have plenty of water to drink - Provide shade - Avoid exercise during the hottest point of the day - Do NOT leave them locked in vehicles.   To get future Heat Alerts register at www.lert.info  

  • 0 Covid Variant Has Been In The Auckland Community

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        The first community exposure in New Zealand to the highly infectious Omicron variant has been confirmed.  The Ministry of Health says whole genome sequencing had detected a border-related case of Omicron who had briefly been active in the community.  The person was a recent arrival who returned a positive result on day nine of their self-isolation period.  The ministry said they had previously returned three negative tests for Covid-19 while completing seven days of managed isolation in an Auckland facility.  Full Newstalk ZB story Places of interest the person has visited are HERE There are five places including a nightclub.   www.lert.info for your personal alerts

  • 0 Fire Weather Update Dec 20th 2021

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      High winds, dry air and hotter air temps are rapidly changing the fire risk. These are the South and Mid Canterbury maps from FENZ for Monday Dec 21st Please report any smoke immediately - ph 111   For Real time alerts should fire break out - Get free alerts here  

  • 0 Civil Defence on Standby

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    Information from CHCH City Council and Lert Info The most intense rain is due to hit between 8-11pm tonight, which coincides with low tide. Lert Info still expects CHCH to get widespread flooding. If you live in a low-lying area, we advise you to start preparing your property now for potential flooding. Civil Defence teams are on stand-by in case they are needed and any homes need to be evacuated. Council contractors are also working across the city monitoring the roads and the storm water network. They will be ready to close roads if flooding occurs. Rainfall information - Click Here Looking for river information? Click - Canterbury waterways   Public safety is Lert Info's number main concern and tonight the night to stay home. If you do need to be on the roads, drive slowly and avoid driving through flood waters if possible. It’s likely there will be some wastewater overflows as a result of all the rain so treat all flood water that you come into contact with as potentially contaminated. The storm water storage basins upstream of the Heathcote River are likely to reach capacity overnight. It is likely that tomorrow morning water from the storage basins will need to be released into the Heathcote, which will cause a rapid rise in the water levels. People living near any of our waterways should not park their cars overnight on the streets that are vulnerable to flooding. Any residents with concerns about flooding on their property should contact the Council on 941-8999. If anyone has concerns for their safety they should call 111 immediately.   For Real Time Alerts, register for FREE at www.lert.info

  • 0 An Early Heads Up- First Tropical Cyclone Getting Ready to Form

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    WeatherWatch.co.nz continues to monitor a Tropical Depression near the Solomon Islands which is expected to drift south towards NZ in the coming 7 days.    Stay much better informed with a great "Kiwi Team-up". NZ's only  personal emergency alerts www.lert.info and accurate forecasts from Weatherwatch.co.nz   Expected timeline: TUES & WEDS - Tropical Depression in the Solomon Sea THUR - SAT - Tropical Depression or Tropical Storm in the Coral Sea SUN - MON - Tropical Storm or Tropical Cyclone in the Coral Sea/North Tasman Sea NEXT TUE - NEXT WED - Potential storm for northern NZ (not locked in yet - hopefully by Thurs or Friday we can lock this in with more confidence).   *NOT LOCKED IN YET* It is still very early days with 7 or 8 days before likely arrival in the NZ area. The air pressure zones favour this storm quickly tracking SE towards northern NZ - but the ‘cone of uncertainty’ (where it may go in several days time) it still very wide and ranges from eastern Australia, to northern NZ, to east of NZ.    INTERNATIONAL COMPUTER MODELS: Agreement - A tropical low will deepen Agreement - A tropical low will track south east from the Coral Sea area to New Caledonia and potentially north of NZ Disagreement - Whether it’s a weak low, or an actual storm, for northern NZ if it does get it one week from now.   Additional Info (Lert Info)- Sea temperatures in a line from New Caledonia to West of Auckland are 2 to 3.5dgrees above average which could "powerup" any tropical depression.          

  • 0 Next Tropical Cyclone Explained by Weatherwatch

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      Weatherwatch is monitoring a possible Tropical cyclone forming in the Coral Sea that may impact NZ in a week or so. Until we move a few days on in the forecast the impacts wont be fully known, it may come to nothing or it may cause problems.     

  • 0 Evacuate or Isolate, It's a No Brainer.

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    There is only one decision when you need to evacuate because of tsunami, but you have Covid or you're isolating because of exposure.  You Still Evacuate! (Advice from CDEM)

  • 0 November 2021 Newsletter

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    Since our last news letter, we have had a super busy period with  several significant floods involving evacuations, as well as strong Spring equinox winds that caused some damage. Thankfully  there was no loss of life. Can't say it's boring We have a few points to cover of so lets jump right in. Getting Lerts Twice For The Same Thing? – Here’s why People on the boundary of two alerts (usually weather) can often get each alert. One could be a weather warning the other a weather watch. Overlapping is essential to reach everyone. The overlap could be more that 25km.   Why Do I  get Lerts That Don’t Seem to Affect me? We have many thousands of people using our service. As a result, more are likely to be affected by an alert because we travel more these days. For example the Remutaka Hill gets closed - This could affect people from Masterton to Paraparaumu to Wellington and the lower Wairarapa. When we have our app, this will change significantly so we can reduce unnecessary alerting.   Exclusive and Faster Alerts We can get alerts to you within 2-3mins of getting information. If you tell us of a crash, for example, we can get an alert out to subscribers up 30mins faster than official sources because we have very different protocols.  Save our “Contact Us” page as a button on your device. Contact us link We have been trial sending a message to  people in an area for live updates, and they are proving really useful. We also think proactively, with a bit of common sense. Recently waves on the south coast of Wellington combined dangerously with wind and high tide. We issued an alert to affected subscribers 45 minutes before any authorities. If we can give you that extra time it can make a difference.      Difficulties of Weather Forecasting Multiple factors influence forecasting so we will never make bold statements like “there will be heavy snow in CHCH CBD in 10 days time”. This is not helpful to anyone, is irresponsible and really just click-bait.  People believing this may change plans unnecessarily. We have seen many long-range forecasts get it so wrong. Our approach – monitor sources and :- 5-10 Days out  - Initial heads up to subscribers that something could happen that is noteworthy. 3-5 Days out – Providing more refined information, still saying “ It’s not locked in” . Images could now be included of rain maps snow levels etc. NOTE: If initial Weather warnings from Metservice are sent at this stage, it’s never a good look for what is coming. The Canterbury floods saw actual WARNINGS  go out 3 days prior. It’s usually 1 day prior. We knew then it would be bad. 2 days out  - Models will now be aligning and we can start advising details and how many alerts we are likely to send. Prediction of 30-50 Lerts is a notable event. We predicted over 50 for the Canterbury floods and ended up with 135. The largest number for any event in our 11yrs at that stage. 1 day out - Warning Lerts will have gone out by now and will be a combination of information from Metservice, Weatherwatch, Windy.Com, BSCH maps, Earthnullschool and other sources.  We never use mainstream media media as they often exaggerate.  Impacts can also be advised like rapid river rise, slip risks, predicted road closures etc.   Do you know we have our own Meteorological Technician? His  knowledge of weather and the NZ topography is incredibly useful. With the Canterbury event, flooding had to happen because of the wind direction, mountains, drought soils and other factors. It was the perfect setup. Linking that together we Lerts about 5hours  before authorities flooding on the plains could happen    Are Your Emails Too Slow? There is a very good reason for it.  There has been a surge of  Lert Members converting to our Txt service over the last three months as they are not seeing emails for several hours.  Many people don’t read them till too late. Not good in an emergency. So why do we supply them - because we believe everyone should have access to our alerts, and email is the only free tool available. We have to buy Txts and pay staff , therefore need to charge for those. The following graph show how long it typically takes to read an email. Delay is the trade off of emails. We have no control once we send an email and why we always recommend Txt . Txts are immediate and have 99% delivery rate.  In a full on emergency like Tsunami, evacuation, fire, flooding etc, speed is critical.  Our fastest way is undeniably txt .  We can all pay $2.50 spontaneously for some sweets or $4-$5 for a coffee.  Makes $2 for your safety a pretty good purchase . To upgrade login HERE or drop us a line. We really want you to have the very best in alerting.   Tried Our Road Alert Service Yet? We own and operate New Zealand's ONLY National road alert service using Push Txt Alerts? This has been a life saver for thousands of people. They've been able to change plans, avoid delays, re-arrange their whole day, known of dangerous driving conditions and much more. The warning are immediate for crashes or days for weather events.   It's just $5 per month but could save you a delay, help you plan an alternate route ( we often supply an option)  or we could save your life. They differ from the emailed road alerts you currently may be getting, in a HUGE way. They cover each Island completely . This is perfect for high road users like commercial travellers, freight haulers, Police, Fire Ambulance and more as we are getting an increasing amount of exclusive information and can tell you sooner. Check it out at www.road.lert.info Check Facebook Time Stamps. Delay is why we don't use Facebook for alerts.  Do you know a Facebook posts can take many hours to reach you?  We surveyed followers and the results were alarming. The following graph  shows how long it took for some people to actually get their posts and is why you should rely on it exclusively.   The following table shows how many people completely miss seeing a Facebook post. You'll never know if you miss a FB post   Covid Updates If Covid pops up in your neighbourhood, this link -  Places of Interest Map will be helpful if you forget to scan into places and there is an outbreak. What is a location of interest - It is a place and time that is unique. This means a single location can be a place of interest twice or more because infected persons had been at the location at different times.  A location with two different time ranges is two locations of interest   3 Records Broken. Westport, Canterbury and Marlborough Flood Events These were without a doubt our biggest events in 11 year. In total:  225 different alerts were sent for the Westport event. Previous highest was Canterbury flooding with about  135alerts. 750,000  The total number of individual Lerts to subscribers. 10 separate evacuation alerts, 105 separate www.road.lert.info road alerts 75 weather alerts and 40 miscellaneous alerts which included 11 exclusive alerts based on subscriber contributions.  To be included in the next alert for your area, register here. That's it for now. Have a really great Xmas hopefully borders/restrictions are loosened so you're able to.    

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