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Downpour predicted for Coromandel, BOP

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/03/2017

<span style="font-size:13px;">Heavy rain warnings have been issued by the MetService for Waikato, Southern Coromandel and the Bay of Plenty.</span> © SNPA Heavy rain warnings have been issued by the MetService for Waikato, Southern Coromandel and the Bay of Plenty. A heavy rain warning has been issued for the Waikato and Southern Coromandel, with as much as 155mm expected to fall on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

The much-needed rain can be expected in large bursts of up to 50mm per hour, MetService said.

It said this may cause flooding in areas such as Tairua, Hikuai and Opoutere.

"Coupled with high tide means this can lead to isolation, due to potential flooding or road slips, for some communities," Thames Valley Civil Defence Controller Garry Towler said.

The Bay of Plenty can expected 100 to 130mm of rain in the same period of time.

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