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The Weather Watch Team
SEVERE GALES have been battering the lower North Island and west coast of the South Island this afternoon and going in to tonight. The low pressure system which is moving near the Taranaki Coast is pressing up against a large high to the east creating extremely strong winds over the South Island. The Weather Watch Centre expects hurricane force winds (up to 180km/h) through central parts of the South Island tonight.
Roofs have lifted, swells have destroyed beach front homes in Napier, slips are blocking highways and river levels through the Waikato are rising. “This has been a major storm – by far the biggest to affect New Zealand in a long time. It’s now moving in to the South Island with most rain easing over the North Island, however plenty of heavy showers are now popping up” says head weather analyst Philip Duncan.
The back end of the storm is now moving in to northern New Zealand bringing with it heavy showers and gales. “Winds are gusting to 130km/h at Cape Reinga and up to 120km/h around exposed coastal parts of Auckland. Strong winds are also being experienced around northern and eastern Waikato and in Rotorua”.
Heavy down pours are moving over Northland, Coromandel and Hawke’s Bay tonight, putting more stress on raging rivers and streams.
Further south and winds have eased significantly across the lower North Island, along with the rain.
Heavy rain is moving in to Kaikoura and Christchurch this evening with surface flooding a definite possibility.
Tomorrow morning we’ll have an indepth report from our South Island weather analyst Richard Green.