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Cyclone Wilma continues to strike

Tauranga, Rotorua and Whitianga have been hit by torrential rain inside the last hour with more than 25mm of rain falling.

Last night Northland copped flooding in numerous places as reports came into of very heavy rain being experienced, flooded streams and rivers, slips, roads being cut off by floodwaters and a few homes being inundated with water.

Winds have also increased with south west gales topping 100kph over parts of Northland and the outer islands of the Auckland region.





SJ on 28/01/2011 8:27pm

We live in the centre of Katikati (40kms north of Tauranga) and have had 116.1 mls in 12 hours, no wind until this morning, just had some good gusts. Was expecting the wind to be stronger over night?

richardmcb on 28/01/2011 6:35pm

Do you ever sleep Philip?

WW Forecast Team on 28/01/2011 7:06pm

Got a couple hours sleep this morning, thanks.

Has been a long night, but we knew this storm was different from the others so worth the long hours.


Maureen on 28/01/2011 6:23pm

Location: Ca. 90 km SE of Rotorua
Our heaviest rain was about 2 hours ago – overnight have had 95 mm. Winds light to calm. LOTS of surface flooding locally – our ground was still saturated from last weekend’s rains.

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