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Wellington told to expect more rain

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/11/2016

Waiwhetu Stream swells with flood water after a bout of severe weather on November 15, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand. Wellington has been hit by torrential rain and gale-forced winds in the wake of the earthquake Flooding in Wellington, November 15, 2016 Wellington residents are being warned to stay away from waterways as the region faces the possibility of more bad weather after this week's downpour.

Heavy rain caused floods, slips and caused transportation chaos on motorways and train lines in the region on Tuesday, a day after the area was shaken by a magnitude 7.8 quake.

The Greater Wellington Regional Council is now warning more rain may still come and that, despite receding water levels, banks and tracks in the area may be unstable and at risk of slips.

"The heavy rain compounded the impact of the severe and moderate quakes in the region," council chairman Chris Laidlaw said.

It has urged people in the region to stay away from waterways.

The MetService has issued a severe weather watch for the country's earthquake-stricken areas.

Southerly gales and heavy rain are expected to spread up the east coast of the South Island during Thursday.

The gales could become severe along the Kaikoura coast and in Marlborough from late morning till evening, and in Wellington in the afternoon and evening.

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