Heavy rain, gales to pelt the Waikato
Batten down the hatches Waikato - a violent sub-tropical low is expected to slam into the region tomorrow.
Metservice has issued a severe weather watch for Waikato, Waitomo, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Taumarunui, Taupo and Auckland.
The warning, issued today, predicts heavy rain and potentially severe gale southeasterlies to hit from tomorrow bringing heavy swell to the east coast.
Waikato Civil Defence is urging Coromandel residents to be on the alert.
Winds with gusts of 130kmh are expected from tomorrow afternoon before easing around midnight.
Residents should secure loose items, take care on the roads especially high sided vehicles, and be aware of the potential for trees and other debris to be blown across the road.
Heavy rain of between 100mm and 120mm is expected on the peninsula from late Tuesday morning before easing overnight.
MetService meteorologist Daniel Corbett said this ''major'' low will carry an abundant supply of tropical moisture with it, bringing a heightened risk of flooding, especially across northern and eastern regions in the next day or so.
Intense rain and severe easterly gales will spread down across the North Island, reaching the top of the South Island from late Tuesday.
"The position of the low in relation to the northeast coast of the North Island could give rise to local beach erosion and the risk of flooding from the sea," Mr Corbett said.
MetService said it would be a ''significant event'' and it will be important for the public to stay up-to-date with developments.
This intense low will gradually weaken on Thursday as the area of heavy rain lies across eastern parts of the South Island. By the end of the week, the low will have departed - but disturbed westerlies are likely to take its place.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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