Wet weather to continue
Foul weather has today forced the cancellation of Wellington's East by West harbour ferry service.
Heavy rain and winds gusting to over 70k prompted the decision to stop running ferries this afternoon said weekend office manager Laura Barrett.
She said the only sailing was to Matiu/Somes Island to pick up people who had stayed there overnight.
But in weather like this there were few others looking to use the regular service between Queens Wharf and Days Bay.
Wind and rain battering the lower North Island is expected to continue into tomorrow.
MetService has this morning issued a severe weather warning for the lower North Island, as steady rain and blustery winds continue to pound the capital.
A slow moving front would allow the rain to ease over the upper South Island today, but Wellington and the lower North Island won't see it easing up until tomorrow afternoon.
Significant rainfalls are expected about the Tararua range, Mt Taranaki, and the hill country of Waitomo, Taumarunui, south Waikato, about the central plateau and the ranges of eastern Bay of Plenty through today and Monday.
Severe gales may also whip through parts of inland Wellington and South Wairarapa this morning.
MetService forecaster Daniel Corbett said the front was "like a wiggling snake with different lumps of moisture".
While the main part of the front would make its way over Wellington during the middle part of today, and final strike would come later tonight and tomorrow morning before eventually clearing.
"There still might be another surge of rain."
The gales should start to ease later this morning, he said.
But, there was good news on the horizon.
Once the front moved away, Tuesday and Wednesday should bring clear skies.
"We'll see the sun and we'll all go 'wow, nice' ... The rain coats can stay home."
Meanwhile, heavy rainfall in the South Island has caused flooding in Westport as the Buller River comes close to breaching its banks..
The town is currently closed to all traffic in and out of the town due to severe flooding on SH 67 from Westport to Greymouth, SH 6 from Westport to Inangahua, and on SH67 from Westport to Karamea.
Mr Corbett estimated up to 500mls of rain had fallen on the West Coast.
About 150-200ml are expected to fall on the Tararua ranges.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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