Flash flooding, hail, hits the Waikato

Hamilton streets, parks under water

Last updated 13:59 21/04/2013

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Hamilton has been hit with flash flooding and hail as severe thunderstorms sweep the region, trapping cars and closing roads.

Streets and parks in Glenview, Melville, Dinsdale and Nawton appear to have been hit the hardest.

Photos and videos posted to the Waikato Times Facebook page show cars submerged in water and streets heavily flooded.

Dinsdale resident Rachel White Dixon shot this footage of the flood waters at northern end of Kahikatea Drive, Dinsdale.

There are reports the car park at the Glenview New World supermarket is flooded and cars are trapped.

State Highway 1 at Lorne Street is closed due to flooding.

Flooded streets include Lancaster and Johnson streets, Dinsdale, Lloyd Dr, Nawton, Farnborough Dr, Grandview Heights and the skate park at Melville.

In Caernarvon Rd, Dinsdale residents helped to pull cars out of the flood waters and then put up road cones to prevent more cars driving down the street and becoming trapped.

Avalon Drive bypass and Norton road flooded. Cnr Boundary Rd and Victoria St is under water.

Flash flooding has also been reported on the southern-bound land to Otorohanga at the end of Kihikihi.

The heavy rains followed a mini-tornado that hit the west coast town of Raglan at midday.

MetService has now issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the following local government areas: South Waikato, Waikato, Matamata Piako, Hamilton City, Waipa and Franklin.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in force for Taranaki, Taumarunui, Waikato and Waitomo. 

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