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Rains cause more problems in Northland

Heavy rain has lashed Northland overnight, leaving some residents worried they could be facing another flooding event. 

More than 55 millilitres of rain fell in at least one area of Northland in the 12 hours from 7pm last night, with around 30-35mls falling in most places.

Almost 22mls of rain fell in Whangarei overnight.

Auckland also experienced rain, with 55mls in the wettest area, and between 30-35mls across most of the city.

State Highway 10 remains closed at Kaeo, after a night of heavy rain, Newstalk ZB reported. 

Further south, Whangarei farmer Ben Smith told the broadcaster conditions were nearly as bad as they were during July’s storms.

“All the spillways are spilling at the moment. A lot of the regrowth that people have done is underwater now.”

Top Energy crews have worked late into the night restoring power to 250 homes, after outages caused by a slip and falling trees.

The heavy rain and wind which battered Northland overnight have already eased off this morning, with the rain forecast to move south. 

A weather warning was lifted for Northland and Auckland at 6am. However, the warning, which includes wind as well as rain, was still in place for Coromandel and Gisborne. 

The warning is in place for Coromandel until 12pm today, while weather conditions in Gisborne weren’t expected to ease until Tuesday morning.

Between 60-80mls of rain was forecast to fall from 9pm last night to 12pm today across the Coromandel.

– Newstalk ZB/NZ Herald

– Photo: L Smith


Andrew on 31/08/2014 11:58pm

I do wish media types would say ‘mm’ or millimetres for rainfall amounts.  ’35mls’ is seven teaspoons and wouldn’t even dampen the ground much.

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