i-report earleir today from one of our regular weather watchers, Mark Thomas who took these photos between Amberley and Waipara.
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Heavy rain has significantly ‘died out’ across the north eastern part of the South Island tonight. The main rain band has almost completely collapsed as the low bringing the weather heads out into the open waters of the Pacific Ocean.
But there is still the potential for damage. “With the recent heavy rains we may well see more slips and landslides across Wellington” says head weather analyst Philip Duncan. “Those who live in vulnerable areas should be vigilant for any land movement over the coming days as landslides can sometimes take a number of days to occur”.
The latest rain radar at 9pm shows almost all the heavy rain has ceased.
Earlier today the
Marlborough District Council swung in to action warning residents they may have to move if rivers continue to rise – and some evacuations have already taken place. “Twenty-three people were evacuated from the Alexander Holiday Park in Canterbury Street, Picton and from some nearby houses in low areas. These people were housed at Queen Charlotte College and were looked after by Red Cross. It is hoped that evacuees will be back in their homes tonight.Lower Canterbury Street
is closed” says the Council.
esidents are urged to be mindful of conditions, particularly on the roads. If driving through surface water on roads and streets drive slowly taking care to avoid a wash that might affect nearby properties”.
According to Transit late this morning State Highway 1 was closed in 2 places, between Blenheim and Seddon and also Seddon to Cheviot. State Highway 6 betweenNelson Street
was also closed.
Mr Duncan says there is some good news “The low bringing the wet weather is gradually moving away from the country and by tomorrow only showers should be affecting the east coast”.
A large anticyclone is moving in hot on its heels bringing a much needed dry period for most of New Zealand by Friday and Saturday.