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Downpours and flooding hit far north

Rainfall rates are continuing to increase tonight and streams and creeks are starting to swell considerably as reports of surface flooding in around Northland come in and also parts of the Auckland region.

Whangarei has been in the firing line with almost 25mm inside the last hour with Kaikohe on 26mm and Purerua topping 27mm within a 60 minute timeframe. Winds have yet to rise to severe gale at this stage but may pick up overnight.
More periods of intense rain are expected overnight before Cyclone Wilma quickly leaves our shores tomorrow.

The MetService have issued wind and rain warnings tonight and have forecast very heavy to torrential rain in some northern and eastern regions of the North Island which is a relatively rare event in forecasting terms for this country.




PETER on 28/01/2011 6:24pm

We got off lightly here, now 7.21 am, slight SW breeze, clear skies total rainfall 130 mm same as last weekend

Guest on 28/01/2011 1:07pm

Is anyone else awake out there? Like me watching the rivers swell, bridges swamped, roads flooded. We live next to the Tahere river, and it’s the highest I have ever seen it. Four to five metres from our house, when it is normally 11- 15 metres below, and its still raining!

Mark Hooper on 28/01/2011 10:17am

Maungatapere – 10km west of Whangarei as the crow flies.

Emailed this forum and posted 75mm at 8.30pm

Now up to 143mm just after 11pm! Roads flooded and cut off all around.

And it’s still torrential rain!

Steve on 28/01/2011 9:58am

70 mils from 1800hrs till 2230hrs. Constantly raining @ 20mils per hour.
On farm creek highest I’ve seen it.
Fear the Hoteo River will be over its banks tonight.
Total of 90 mils during this event.

Guest on 28/01/2011 9:44am

Kawakawa/opua–rain coming down in torrents,then easing…have had a fellow unable to get home so putting him up for the night…says he encountered slips and flooding.Still not much wind.starting to get little gusts now

Marise C on 28/01/2011 9:41am

Been steady heavy rain since early this evening….made a home made rain gauge and measures 19mm in last hour 9.30pm to 10.30pm. Only small breeze can still use umbrella. Rain appears to be coming in from a south/east direction.

Paul on 28/01/2011 9:40am

As of 10.30pm, still pouring down at Puhipuhi Northland and passing 178mls. We are at 800 feet a few kilometres from east coast. Farms at 1200 feet will get twice as much.

David on 28/01/2011 9:38am

Kaeos getting battered right now and the road going through is flooding. Slip has closed the road as well. Tide is coming in as well so it may get much worse overnight. Heres a great website to see the the Kaeo river.

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