Wet it was, but now for the next 'w' - some wind

More different wild weather on its way

Last updated 05:00 11/06/2014
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HIDING OUT: Myla Grieve, 1, left, Roman Emson, 1, Violet Jackson, 2, peer out the window at the falling rain in New Plymouth yesterday.

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Taranaki escaped the worst of yesterday's rain but the weather forecasters are warning us to brace for a blast of wind.

Almost 60mm of rain had fallen on the mountain by 4pm yesterday, while in New Plymouth only 13mm had been recorded in the same time.

Periods of rain were expected today along with strong easterlies gusting up to 110kmh in some places today, the MetService said.

Tomorrow would be a little better with rain clearing in the evening, but strong southeasterlies continuing. Friday would see a return of the sunny skies which would remain for the weekend in most of the region.

However, slips, road closures and dangerous driving conditions were plaguing Kiwis elsewhere around the country.

Heavy rain has flooded houses and forced the evacuation of a rest home in North Canterbury.

Firefighters received about 35 calls for help with flooded properties overnight Monday and yesterday morning, mostly in Rangiora, Kaiapoi and Woodend.

A welfare centre was opened at the Rangiora Baptist Church to accommodate those whose homes had flooded , as well as 21 elderly people forced to flee their rest home. They were evacuated from Bainlea House on Wiltshire Court after a nearby stream breached its banks.

Civil Defence last night was warning Northland residents to stay indoors as gale-force winds were set to hit the area.

In the Wairarapa, slips blocked the Rimutaka Hill Road to Wellington.

Flooding on the roads of North Canterbury were the worst ever, police said. State Highway 1 was closed between Amberley and Waikuku, north of Christchurch.

Up to 35mm of rain fell on Auckland between 6am and 2pm, creating dangerous driving conditions on roads.

The weather also caused crashes and commuter rail problems in Wellington and traffic delays on all three Auckland motorways.

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