Flooding warning ahead of Evan

01:15, Dec 23 2012
Cyclone Evan
BEARING DOWN: Cyclone Evan.

The Metservice is advising holidaymakers in the upper North Island to watch out for rivers and streams that could rise rapidly when the weather system that was Cyclone Evan hits New Zealand.

The system, now a deep low, is moving southwest towards the country and is due to arrive in Northland tonight.

The storm is expected to bring rain and strong to gales to the upper North Island, with the heaviest falls affecting eastern Northland, Auckland north of Whangaparaoa, Great Barrier Island and the Coromandel Peninsula north of Tairua.

Holidaymakers in affected areas are advised to watch for possible flood waters and to drive to the conditions.

Slips and surface flooding are possible.

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