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Heavy rain warning in place for parts of central North Island

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MetService has a heavy rain orange warning in place for parts of the central North Island on 28 January, 2024. Photo / MetService

By RNZ

Heavy rain is pounding parts of the North Island, with slips reported in Taranaki.

Earlier, MetService upgraded a heavy rain watch to an orange warning for parts of the central North Island.

A Simple Minds concert in Hamilton’s Claudelands Oval has been evacuated due to hazardous conditions and lightning.

“A crew member came on stage and told them cut it short,” one woman on Facebook said on a Waikato community page.

Flooding, debris and slips were making driving conditions treacherous on State Highway 3 north of New Plymouth on Sunday evening.

Waka Kotahi said contractors were on their way to assess State Highway 3 between Awakino and Mahoenui and drivers were advised to take extra care in the area.

A front is moving onto the North Island from the west, bringing a period of rain to many parts of the island. Meanwhile, a slow-moving front is set to bring rain to the Westland District.

The heavy rain warning is in place for Bay of Plenty about and east of Whakatāne, including the eastern ranges, from 3pm to 5am Monday, Waikato south of Te Awamutu, inland Bay of Plenty west of Whakatāne, Waitomo, Taumarunui, Taupō, and Tongariro National Park from noon to midnight.

Streams and rivers may rise rapidly, surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous, MetService warns.

The heavy rain watch is still in place for Westland District south of Franz Josef and North Taranaki including the Mountain/Taranaki Maunga until 9pm Sunday.

Thunderstorms may also hit in those regions, with rainfall amounts possibly reaching warning criteria in localised places, MetService said.

The heavy rain watch for Fiordland has been lifted as conditions eased there on Sunday morning.

– RNZ





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