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Dangerous weather is continuing to form around the North Island this morning, following yesterday’s deadly lightning and flash flooding, claiming at least 8 lives and TRN’s Weather Watch Centre is strongly urging the public to keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts over the next 36 hours.  “The weather over the northern and western North Island is still extremely volatile, with 312 lightning flashes detected around the country in the past 60 minutes.  Most were offshore but with heavy showers and rain expected this afternoon and areas affected by severe weather yesterday, we’re strongly advising everyone to sit up and listen to the details in their local forecasts” says Philip Duncan, head weather analyst.
Duncan says TRN’s Weather Watch Centre is again warning thunderstorms will be moving into areas in the north and north west and yet again the risk of flash flooding and surface flooding is extremely high today.  “Areas such as Northland, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Central Plateau and East Cape are most vulnerable to this heavy rain.  Rivers can rise very quickly and open spaces can be dangerous too [if lightning]”. 
“All stream and river activity in these regions should be cancelled for the next 36 hours”.
Settled weather is expected to return across much of the nation by Friday, with a cold snap moving into the far south of the South Island.



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