MetService has issued a heavy rain warning for the Waikato and Southern Coromandel, with up to 155mm of rain this evening through to tomorrow morning.
Large bursts up to 50mm per hour are expected, which can cause flooding in areas such as Tairua, Hikuai and Opoutere.
“The rain itself is much needed, but coupled with high tide means this can lead to isolation, due to potential flooding or road slips, for some communities,” says Garry Towler, Thames Valley Civil Defence Controller.
People travelling through low lying areas to work on Wednesday morning may encounter flooding and are cautioned to drive to the conditions and keep up-to-date with potential hazards in their area.
How to keep up-to-date with what is happening
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