Civil Defence, MetService warn Auckland to brace for more severe weather

Water still covers large parts of the Clevedon area after flooding on Wednesday, with more downpours expected.
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Water still covers large parts of the Clevedon area after flooding on Wednesday, with more downpours expected.

Aucklanders are being warned to expect more severe weather over the coming days.

Thursday saw quieter weather across the city following floods earlier in the week, but further heavy bursts of rain are expected between Friday and Sunday, MetService said.

Localised downpours are possible anywhere in the region - with the highest risk times expected to be before dawn on Friday, and again on Friday night and into Saturday morning.

Civil Defence and MetService are warning Auckland to expect more severe weather from Friday to Sunday.
CHRIS MCKEEN / FAIRFAX NZ

Civil Defence and MetService are warning Auckland to expect more severe weather from Friday to Sunday.

"While we've had a good, dry reprieve today, the weather on Friday night and Saturday morning is forecast to be comparable to, or worse, than Tuesday," said Georgina Griffiths of MetService.

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The main concern was if downpours occured in already soaked areas, such as Waiheke Island, Clevedon Valley, and the Hunua Ranges.

Workers attempt to clear a slip on the road to Hunua Falls in the Clevedon area after flooding on Wednesday.
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Workers attempt to clear a slip on the road to Hunua Falls in the Clevedon area after flooding on Wednesday.

Auckland Civil Defence emergency operations manager Aaron Davis was urging people to stay indoors.

"At this stage it is hard to be certain about which areas of the region are likely to be hit with the most rain, but you should consider your plans for the weekend, especially if you are likely to be driving," he said.

Aucklanders should check their drains and gutters before the wild weather hits again, he said.

Those on rural properties should consider whether livestock should be moved before the weekend.

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Debris and flooding was expected to affect various local roads, and people were urged to drive with extreme care and avoid floodwaters.

Three regional Auckland parks have been closed due to heavy flooding: Tapapakanga Regional Park, Hunua Ranges Regional Park, and Waitawa Regional Park.

There is no public access allowed at these parks until further notice.

Waharau Regional Park is also partially affected, with opening hours reduced to what they would usually be during winter.

 - Stuff

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