SH 2 reopens but more heavy rain coming

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The highway between Napier and Wairoa has reopened, but it may be short-lived.

Debris has been cleared from State Highway 2 to improve drainage from Lake Tutira, but Hawke's Bay Regional Council is warning heavy rain may boost lake levels and flood the highway again.

Residents on standby for evacuations

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Residents in two areas of Gisborne may be evacuated if the heavy rain continues.

Civil Defence has been activated in the region after around 200 millimetres of rain fell in the Tolaga Bay and Tokomaru Bay areas in the past 24 hours, causing slips, surface flooding and bringing down trees.

Trees fall, power cut, in Auckland

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Firefighters were called out to dozens of weather-related calls overnight and this morning across Northland, Auckland and Waikato, as heavy rain and gales lashed the top of the country.

Fire crews dealt primarily with fallen trees and power lines.

300mm predicted for Gisborne/HB ranges

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MetService is warning up to 300mm of rain could fall across the Gisborne and Hawkes Bay ranges in the 48 hours from noon Monday with saying it's possible a further 100mm may fall on Thursday, bringing the total closer to 400mm overall.

Strong winds move south, rain moves east

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Strong winds buffeted parts of Auckland last night and today those strong winds will head south as a deep and large area of low air pressure crosses northern New Zealand.

Winds were reaching gale force in exposed places during Sunday evening.

The strong winds are likely to affect a number of North Island regions today and may also spread into the upper South Island.

But the main concern with this low is still the rain.  Rain warnings are in force across a number of areas with Gisborne and northern Hawkes Bay most exposed.

Low continues to deepen

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Gale force winds are blasting Auckland tonight as a low continues to deepen north of New Zealand.

Exposed parts of Auckland, particularly along the eastern coastline, are most affected.

Flooding risk for East Coast, rain sets in across north

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Rain has set in across northern New Zealand this afternoon with gale force winds forming in a narrow area between Whangarei and the Hauraki Gulf.

The rain is going to get heavier as the day progresses with winds rising.  Gales are possible in eastern and coastal parts of Auckland however doesn't believe they will be very damaging.

New rain warnings issued; could this be a significant event?

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Gisborne and Hawkes Bay are the latest regions to have rain warnings issued for them as a quickly developing low moves towards New Zealand.

Conditions are still mostly calm across the country however head weather analyst Philip Duncan expects the weather to go downhill quite quickly later this afternoon and into tonight.

Wellington houses evacuated after slip

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Two homes in Wellington have been evacuated after a large slip.

Around 4.30 yesterday afternoon the ground fell from underneath one home on Sidlaw Street in the suburb of Strathmore Park.

Inspector Marty Parker says the earth and a tree threatened another home below.

High risk of thunderstorms overnight tonight

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Late on Sunday night thunderstorms were reported in Northland, Taranaki, Manawatu and Wellington. is the only forecaster that is predicting thunderstorms across all western parts of the North Island overnight.

Another larger active band of rain is expected to make landfall on the North Island's west coast, north of Taranaki, in the next few hours.  With air temperatures already near 20 degrees it is expected thunderstorms will be triggered.

Head weather analyst Philip Duncan says thunderstorms have been reported all over the North Island, west of central regions.