North Island

Weekend flooding looking less likely

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Fears of further flooding this weekend look less likely today as a new rain band develops out in the Tasman Sea. says it was always going to be a faster moving front but now it's looking as though it will move through fairly fast - meaning rain won't linger long enough to cause major flooding problems.

North Island: Rough weather easing in 24 hours

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Blustery winds, heavy showers, hail and thunderstorms have affected those living in the western North Island but conditions are going to ease...but not until Thursday. says westerly winds are near gale about exposed parts of the Far North and the Hauraki Gulf with gusts reaching 70 to 90km/h.

Threat of more heavy rain for BOP remains

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The threat of more heavy rain remains in place for the eastern Bay of Plenty, still trying to clean up and access damage from the weekend's deluge. and the crown forecaster are both cautiously watching computer models which are predicting another belt of heavy rain on Friday or Saturday.

Maps: Thunderstorm risk for North Island today

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Unstable weather conditions will produce thunderstorms right along the west coast of the North Island today. 

As far inland as Central Plateau and as far north as Northland.  Thunderstorms are also possible about the Nelson region.

The crown forecaster has placed a number of regions in their Severe Thunderstorm Outlook, which you'll see in their maps below.

Slip hits car heading to Hutt Valley

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A slip which struck a moving car has closed both northbound lanes of State Highway 2 between Wellington and the Hutt Valley this afternoon.

The lanes will be closed for about four hours as contractors removes debris and power lines, which were brought down by the slip, said Inspector Ken Climo of police central communications.

Risk of slips for windy Wellington

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Rain and winds forecast for Wellington this weekend will put already sodden areas at risk of further landslips.

Three people were forced from their home after a slip in Karori yesterday afternoon, while another slip forced the closure of Newtown's BP petrol station this morning.

Taranaki Flood fears subside

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Fears of flooding have eased in North Taranaki's Awakino Gorge.

Flood alerts were issued last night when the Awakino River reached flow rates of more than two metres, after heavy rain in the area.

Overnight, river levels have been steadily dropping and roading authorities say there is no risk of flooding today.

Heavy rain eases in north, heads south east

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A band of heavy rain temporarily cut out Sky TV for some subscribers in Auckland this afternoon due to rain fade.

The thick band of rain cleared the entire Auckland region around 5pm and is now about to clear the Coromandel Peninsula over the next hour or two.

Heavy rain over Northland, heading south

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Heavy rain is falling over Northland as we head into Wednesday afternoon and the rain band is now heading south.

So far Auckland has had patchy rain off and and on with a blustery northerly.

Heavier rain is likely in the next couple of hours as the system moves south.

Heavy rain is falling across Taranaki and Wanganui, where there are currently rain warnings.

5 rain warnings issued for North Island

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A very slow moving low continues to inch across the North Island this morning prompting a new round of rain warnings.

Northland, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Taranaki and Wanganui are all in the firing line.

See details below...