Wild weather hits Taranaki, with roof blown off Pātea cottage

A kite boarder makes the most of the stormy conditions at East End beach in New Plymouth on Sunday. Photo: Glenn Jeffrey
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A kite boarder makes the most of the stormy conditions at East End beach in New Plymouth on Sunday. Photo: Glenn Jeffrey

Wild weather in South Taranaki has seen trampolines upended, a roof lifted off a cottage and power lines downed, leaving some homes without electricity.

There is currently a heavy rain warning in place for Taranaki, with 100-150mm expected to fall on the mountain between 2am to 6pm on Sunday.

The LPG tanker Arago leaves Port Taranaki on Sunday lunchtime into choppy waters. Photo: Glenn Jeffrey
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The LPG tanker Arago leaves Port Taranaki on Sunday lunchtime into choppy waters. Photo: Glenn Jeffrey

Metservice said 60-80mm of rain was expected elsewhere with thunderstorms a possibility. It said surface flooding and slips were possible and caution was required when driving.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) received four weather-related calls in Hāwera, Mokoia and Pātea between 6.30am and 8am on Sunday.

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The wet weather didn't deter everyone from getting out and about on Sunday morning. Photo: Glenn Jeffrey
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The wet weather didn't deter everyone from getting out and about on Sunday morning. Photo: Glenn Jeffrey

Two of the calls, both in Hāwera, related to airborne trampolines, while power lines were reported downed in Mokoia, about 7.20am.

FENZ central region shift manager Carlos Dempsey said a fire crew was also sent to an address in Pātea to assist at the scene after the roof was blown off a cottage.

People braved the rain at East End beach on Sunday as the stormy weather hit Taranaki Photo: Glenn Jeffrey
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People braved the rain at East End beach on Sunday as the stormy weather hit Taranaki Photo: Glenn Jeffrey

About 150 properties - 136 in Hāwera and 12 in Okaiawa - lost power on Sunday morning. 

Metservice said Monday's weather in Taranaki included frequent showers, which might turn heavy in the afternoon, with northwesterly winds becoming strong.

Tuesday's forecast is for showers, with southeast winds turning gusty later in the day.

 

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