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Storm Causes Problems in Both Islands

Reports are now coming in of damage from around the country. 

The heaviest rain fell over western and northern parts of the South Island but heavy falls were also recorded on Mt Taranaki and other northern and western regions.

Over 300mm of rain was recorded on Mt Taranaki but much lower amounts near sea level with 61 in Stratford and just 35mm in New Plymouth.

But heavy rain caused major headaches for the upper South Island. 

The NZ Herald reports that the Matai river in Nelson came within a hairsbreadth of bursting its banks and flooding parts of the city.  The river was sand banked as a precaution. 

Several roads around Nelson and Marlborough were closed yesterday and last night because of the rain.

A comment posted to by Peter M of Mahau Sound in the Marlborough Sounds says 159mm of rain fell in just 24 hours.

As expected by the Weather Watch Centre the winds weren’t really a major feature of this system but still caused some problems in the northern North Island.  A tree fell on an Auckland home while gales brought down trees closing roads in Northland.

Comments posted to describes a noisy night from east Auckland up to Northland as winds rose to gale force at times.

The winds rose to gale force in Kaikoura for a time last night but most eastern parts of the South Island had a hot night with many centres still in the mid 20s at 10pm.

The heavy rain has missed the areas that needed it most – eastern areas of both islands.   As predicted by the Weather Watch Centre back in early September a ‘neutral’ spring (with no La Nina or El Nino weather pattern) meant the prevailing westerlies would dry out farms in the east.

We’ll have more details on the dry conditions in the east soon.


Cam on 25/11/2008 6:42pm

I was in Kaikoura yesterday – the weather was insane! There was some sort of hurricane brewing up the coast a bit where we were camping and the winds were so strong our tent came a part.

Claire on 25/11/2008 3:14am

Speaking of storms, I mentioned in a previous comment that I had taken footage of the lightning produced by the Brisbane storms last week, and some of that is now up on YouTube, though it doesn’t do the real thing any justice at all.

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