Thunderstorm watch for Northland, most of North Island on Wednesday afternoon

MetService is warning of scattered thunderstorms across the North Island in the afternoon.

From Northland to the Wairapapa, there is a thunderstorm watch in place, with a severe thunderstorm watch in place for Northland.

MetService says between 2pm and 10pm, there could be heavy downpours of 25-40 millimetres per hour in Northland, with risks of flash flooding and slips.

Driving conditions could become tricky due to potentially poor visibility and road surface flooding.

* Northland storm set to cost council millions, roads still closed due to slips
* Reports of flooding in Northland as bad weather expected for rest of week
* Dozens of communities at serious flood risk and unprepared – report

Parts of the North Island affected are Auckland, Waikato, Waitomo, Taumarunui, Bay of Plenty, Taupō, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Taihape, Wanganui, Manawatu, Tararua, and Wairarapa.

The weather agency will give another update at 10pm tonight.

It comes as torrential rain last week caused slips and flooding across the Northland district, including closing State Highway 1 at Whakapara on Friday night.

Whangārei District Council has said the clean up job will cost millions, with 10 roads still damaged at the beginning of this week.

A tree came down on Russell Rd in Helena Bay, Northland on November 11.

Denise Piper/Stuff

A tree came down on Russell Rd in Helena Bay, Northland on November 11.

The flooding was so severe, Te Whatu Ora – Te Tai Tokerau Medical Officer of Health Dr Catherine Jackson issued a warning last Friday for people in Whangārei to stay out of waterways, floodwaters and harbours to avoid contact with contaminated water.

People shouldn’t collect shellfish likely to be contaminated with human sewage for at least 28 days.

Source link

Leave a Reply