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Flooding cuts Coromandel roads

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Some parts of the Coromandel Peninsula are still cut off by flooding following torrential downpours over parts of the North Island.

Hahei and the Hot Water Beach area were cut off by flooding on Hot Water Beach Rd 200m from State Highway 25.

Roading crews were trying to reopen the road but there was not time frame for reopening.


Slips across North Island, plus heavy showers around Auckland again?

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Motorists on North Island highways need to be on the watch for weather-related hazards today.

Between New Plymouth and Oakura on State Highway 45 there is a large slip blocking one lane.

On the East Coast, a slip across part of SH35 between Tokomaru Bay and Tologa Bay is also causing problems. Caution is also needed because of conditions on the stretch of SH35 between Tikitiki and Ruatoria.


Clean up begins after flooding

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Many residents in the upper North Island face a clean up today after wild weather which caused flooding.

The residents of at least five North Shore City homes prepared to move out as floodwaters rose overnight. On the Hibiscus Coast, four homes at Stanmore Bay and one on Whangaparaoa Rd were flooded.


Auckland's heavy rain warning extended

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Torrential rain has moved back in to Auckland tonight and MetService has extended it's heavy rain warning which originally ended at midnight until the early hours of Saturday, as late as 4am.

The warnings say another 30 to 50mm is possible.   There are reports that rivers are running high in some suburbs and surface flooding is causing some issues.

Do you have any reports to share with other Aucklanders?  Post a comment at the end of this story.


!Severe Thunderstorms - latest news/warnings

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING

UPDATED 3pm: Auckland radar has temporarily stopped sending images. Severe thunderstorm tracks cannot be produced at this time, and the warning has been cancelled until radar resumes. Please refer the to the severe thunderstorm watch which remains in force.Auckland radar has temporarily stopped sending images. Severe thunderstorm tracks cannot be produced at this time, and the warning has been cancelled until radar resumes. Please refer the to the severe thunderstorm watch which remains in force.


!Severe Thunderstorm Warning

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Warnings now cancelled.


Snow storm will be faster moving: WeatherWatch

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The snow storm that is spreading across the northern mountains of the South Island, and later tonight Central Plateau, will be much faster moving than last weeks storm says WeatherWatch.co.nz.

Head weather analyst Philip Duncan says while the low itself is larger it is going to move away from New Zealand quite quickly on Saturday.  "The low at the start of this week hugged the northern and eastern coastlines of the North Island for at least three days.  The low affecting the country today and tonight won't be anywhere near New Zealand in another 30 hours".


Rain, snow and the cold

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Heavy rain is continuing to have impacts over parts of central New Zealand with Wellington, Marlborough, Nelson and North Canterbury in the firing line.

Further reports of surface flooding are coming in making driving conditions difficult with a number of accidents reported earlier around the Capital.


Snow eases

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The motorists who spent a freezing night out in their snow-trapped cars on the Napier-Taupo Highway have all been rescued.

Their abandoned cars are still on the road and people have been asked to meet at a local high school before they are bussed back to their cars in stages.


EXCLUSIVE PHOTO: Dramatic Waterspout brushes BOP properties

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This photo was taken at about 7.30am on Wednesday morning just off Waiotahi Beach in Opotiki. A couple of hours later the same stretch of coast was threatened by a tsunami.   Image / Warwick Tilley