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Rain is falling, heavy stuff expected later today

Rain continues to move across the northern parts of the South Island this morning.  Showers are also moving over the western Waikato and Taranaki on the North Island.

Rain will continue to develop throughout the morning and become heavy in some areas by this afternoon.

That threat of heavy rain is keeping Severe Weather Warnings up for Northland, Taranaki, Marlborough and Tasman.  The areas that are the most vulnerable to the flooding are the areas that were already hard hit last week.  Slips are also a concern.  Drivers should be aware that heavy rainfall could make travel very difficult as well.

The latest model data suggests that the current suite for forecasts is on track.  There are also some indications that the heavy rain threat may be expanding on the North Island.  The central Waikato is looking at a threat for heavy rain on Saturday.

Forecasts will likely still need to be refined as the center of the storm system, the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Fina, continues to move very slowly across the Tasman Sea.  As long as it holds together and sits out of over the Tasman, it will continue to focus rain across New Zealand.




westcoast on 29/12/2011 5:54pm

great rain here for farmers, 37mm overnight…
has now made this a very wet december here

not good for holiday makers though

diana on 30/12/2011 12:12am

Farmers will complain of facial eczema next.. cant please them all

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