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Issued at 9:04pm Monday 14 Oct 2019

Heavy rain and severe gales for parts of central and northern New Zealand

A deep low is forecast to move southeastwards across the upper North Island during Tuesday, then move away to the east on Wednesday. Heavy rain and strong east to southeasterly winds associated with this system are expected for many parts of the North Island and upper South Island through to Wednesday.

The heaviest rain is expected in Northland, Coromandel Peninsula and northern Gisborne where Heavy Rain Warnings (Orange) are in force. Also, Bay of Plenty west of Te Puke has now been upgraded from a Heavy Rain Watch to a Warning (Orange). Heavy Rain Watches are in force for northeast Auckland, Bay of Plenty between Te Puke and Opotiki including Rotorua, the remainder of Gisborne not in the Warning area, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa and eastern Marlborough.

In addition, the strongest winds are expected in Auckland, Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato and western Bay of Plenty where Strong Wind Warnings (Orange) remain in force. Strong winds are also expected in Northland, and from southern Waikato to Manawatu, the remainder of Bay of Plenty not in the Warning area, and Strong Wind Watches are in force for these areas.

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest Warnings and Watches in case any changes are made, or further areas are added.

Heavy Rain Warning – Orange

Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.

Area: Northland
Valid: 4 hours from 9:00pm Monday to 1:00am Tuesday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Expect a further 30 to 40mm of rain to accumulate, especially in the east, on top of what has already fallen. Peak intensities of 15 to 25mm per hour, and thunderstorms possible.

Area: Coromandel Peninsula, and Bay of Plenty west of Te Puke
Valid: 14 hours from 9:00pm Monday to 11:00am Tuesday
Forecast: Expect 100 to 140mm of rain about the ranges, with 70 to 90mm nearer the east coast. Peak rates of 15 to 25mm per hour, especially about the ranges.
Changes: Bay of Plenty west of Te Puke has now been upgraded from a Watch to a Warning (Orange), and a Watch remains in force for the area east of Te Puke to Opotiki and now includes Rotorua. Also, the rain is expected to ease significantly late Tuesday morning, and although another period of brief heavy rain is possible Tuesday evening, it is no longer expected to reach Warning amounts, so the Warning is now only valid until 11am Tuesday instead of 11pm Tuesday.

Area: Gisborne from Tokomaru Bay northwards
Valid: 29 hours from 4:00am Tuesday to 9:00am Wednesday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Expect 120 to 150 mm of rain to accumulate during this time. Peak rates of 10 to 20 mm per hour.

Strong Wind Warning – Orange

Strong wind gusts could damage trees, powerlines and unsecured structures. Driving may be hazardous, especially for high-sided vehicles and motorcycles.

Area: Auckland, Great Barrier Island, and Coromandel Peninsula
Valid: 7 hours from 9:00pm Monday to 4:00am Tuesday
Forecast: East to southeast winds are expected to rise to severe gale gusting 120 km/h in exposed places during this time.

Area: Waikato from Cambridge northwards (especially near the Kaimai Ranges), and Bay of Plenty west of Matata
Valid: 11 hours from 9:00pm Monday to 8:00am Tuesday
Forecast: East to southeast winds are expected to rise to severe gale gusting 120 km/h in exposed places during this time.

An update for severe weather will be issued by 10:00am Tuesday 15 Oct 2019.

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