Wild weather wallops Waikato
Gusts sends gazebo flying, rain to pelt regionMATT BOWEN
MetService has issued a severe weather warning for the Coromandel Peninsula and eastern Waikato, on the inland side of the Kaimai Ranges.
The warning reinforces the need for people to take care due to the wild weather, says Waikato Civil Defence programme manager Greg Ryan.
East to northeast winds in those areas are expected to gust up to 120 kilometres an hour from this afternoon until Wednesday morning.
"People should take this wind advice into account when moving around, and also secure any items that could be blown away," said Ryan.
Ryan also said that, as expected, heavy rain was affecting many parts of the wider region and this is expected to continue through till tomorrow.
"The heaviest downpours are due across the Coromandel Peninsula, accompanied by those gale east to northeast winds, from this afternoon."
Up to 100mm has fallen on the peninsula, and MetService now expects another 100mm to 150mm. Rainfall intensities could be higher than initially forecast, particularly overnight Tuesday.
MetService has also issued a severe weather watch for the rest of the wider region for heavy wind and rain. This includes Taupo and Tongariro National Park.
Mr Ryan said the rain across the region had been patchy so far and there were no significant problems reported due to the weather.
"But people do need to be aware that these conditions are expected to persist for another day or two, and that there remains the potential for flooding and slips, along with road closures and power outages.
"We ask people to report any such problems to their local council or electricity supplier. Take particular care on the roads and be aware of the potential for hazardous driving conditions."
Wild weather sent people's property flying in east Waikato overnight.
The first incident occurred at 12.30am on Gordon Ave in Te Aroha.
The northeasterly winds whipped someone's three by six metre gazebo up onto the roof where the Te Aroha Volunteer Fire Brigade found it wrapped around a sky dish, fire service spokesman Steve Smith said.
They ventured up on a ladder to retrieve it.
Further north in Thames fire fighters attended a callout at about 1am on Totara Valley Rd where power lines were arching.
Smith said strong wind is a common cause of arching lines.
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- Waikato Times