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MetService issues Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Auckland, Northern NZ

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METSERVICE:

This watch affects people in the following weather forecast districts:
Northland, Auckland, Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato, Bay Of Plenty,

A very unstable airmass lies over the upper North Island. The latest band of heavy showers and squally thunderstorms is expected to move onto Northland later this evening, move through the Auckland area about 4am and continue southeastward passing over the Coromandel Peninsula around 7am to lie over western Bay of Plenty by noon Saturday.

Some of the thunderstorms within this band may be SEVERE, are most likely to occur about northeastern coasts, but may extend right down into the Auckland City area as the band passes. These SEVERE thunderstorms have the potential to produce brief heavy rain, hail of 15-20+mm in diameter, squally wind gusts to 120+km/hr, and there is a risk of a damaging tornado, particularly between the eastern Northland Coast and northern Coromandel Peninsula.

These squally winds and possible small tornadoes may cause some structural damage, including damage to trees and power lines, and make driving hazardous. If any tornados occur, they will only affect very localised areas.

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Another major downpour for Lake Wakatipu

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More torrential rain is on the way for waterlogged Queenstown with up to 300mm of rain predicted to fall in some parts of the Southern Alps over the next couple of days.

Weather Analyst Philip Duncan says a slow moving rain band in the Tasman Sea coupled with a large blocking high to the north east means rainfall amounts could be very high.  "We're starting to see the winter storms inching further north and with the lingering highs in the north the fronts can't quickly move through".


PHOTOS: Queenstown starts to flood

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Queenstown is bracing itself for a slow flood today as Lake Wakatipu slowly rises and spreads into the lower CBD.

Strong winds today are expected to create waves which could cause more complications.

WeatherWatch.co.nz reader Alison Metherell snapped these pictures yesterday in the pouring rain.

The lake is rising at 1cm an hour and is expected to continue to rise all day.

Are you there?  Send us your photos or post a comment below.


No let up in South Island rain

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WeatherWatch.co.nz is this afternoon reporting that heavy rain along the South Island's southern and western regions is far from over as the low responsible continues to intensify and move closer.

Heavier rain over Southland has eased somewhat this afternoon but as the low approaches tonight heavy rain is expected to return.


Residents clean up after sudden storm

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Residents in the lower North Island are cleaning up this morning after yesterday's storm.

In the Wellington region, roofs were blown off houses, fences were knocked down and there were power outages when southerly winds gusting to 120 kilometres an hour and torrential rain blasted through from the South Island during the afternoon.


Evacuated residents set to return home; Rain for Northland today

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East Coast residents evacuated from their homes north of Tolaga Bay yesterday, will be allowed back to mop up today as the rain that brought flooding yesterday eased overnight.


New Plymouth severe thunderstorm warning LIFTED

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All warnings lifted as of 7:50pm


Taupo / Sth Waikato severe thunderstorm warnings LIFTED

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As of 9:28pm all warnings were lifted


Hamilton / Waikato thunderstorm warnings LIFTED

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Warnings expired at 8pm


Murapara severe thunderstorm warning LIFTED

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All warnings lifted as of 7:08pm