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More rain on the way for North Island

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/03/2017

More wet weather is on the way after torrential rain caused widespread flooding in northern and eastern parts of the North Island.

Conditions were easing on Wednesday evening, but the Metservice says further downpours can be expected in Northland and the Coromondel Peninsula on Thursday.

It said the rainfall would produce flash floods, cause rivers and streams to rise rapidly and make driving conditions hazardous.

In the Coromandel Peninsula, another 150 to 180mm of rain is forecast from midday Thursday to midnight on Friday, with peak intensities of up to 25mm an hour.

In Whangamata, which was hit by a one-in-100-year deluge over a 24-hour period, residents were evacuated from two houses on Wednesday, while a number of other properties have been flooded.

A student group from Tauranga's Otumoetai College on a surf camp in the town and unable to leave because of flooding are being put up for the night.

In the Hunua Ranges, south of Auckland, children at two school camps were evacuated.

A police car returning from a job was washed away in a flash flood at Kawakawa Bay in eastern Auckland and there have been reports of livestock also being affected.

The heavy rain cut roads, with parts of State Highway 25 remaining closed, and caused power cuts.

Power company Vector said its crews had repaired a number of outages across Auckland, but new outages were appearing.

Because of extensive flooding and slips, its crews were unable to get to damage causing outages in Whitford, parts of Takanini and Papakura, Clevedon and Kawakawa Bay.

Vector said critical roads were officially closed until at least 10pm and the situation would be reassessed after that.

NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll said parts of the upper North Island had received more rain in two days than normally fell for the entire month.

He said that, at midday on Wednesday, Kawerau in northern Bay of Plenty had recorded an "amazing" 340.6mm of rain in 36 hours.

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