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BOP, Gisborne warned of heavy rain

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/06/2017

Bad weather has made driving hazardous on the Thames Coast Road, while Bay of Plenty, Waikato and northern Gisborne are being warned to expect a heavy deluge of rain.

The MetService on Friday morning issued a severe weather warning for the regions as a complex low moves over the upper North Island.

There has been surface flooding and reports of debris on the road on State Highway 25 at Whakatete Bay in Thames on Friday morning, but no roads are closed.

Rainbands were sweeping down over the upper North Island, bringing bursts of heavy rain, says forecaster Erick Brenstrum.

"The heaviest falls are expected over Bay of Plenty and northern Gisborne where a further 70 to 90mm may accumulate before 2am Saturday," he said.

"People in these areas are advised to look out for rapidly rising rivers and streams. Slips and surface flooding are also possible."

The low was moving slowly southeast and should move away from the country on Saturday, he said.

The Fire Service on Friday morning said it hadn't received any weather-related call outs.

Meanwhile, high winds have forced the cancellation of several Interislander sailings on Friday morning because they were affecting berthing in Picton.

"Passengers are being re-accommodated on later sailings. We regret any inconvenience to customers, but safety is our top priority," a spokeswoman said.

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