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Wet weather lashes North Island

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 7/07/2016

Heavy wind and rain has begun to lash the North Island, and severe weather is expected in several centres.

MetService has issued a severe weather watch for Northland, the Coromandel, Western Bay of Plenty, and a weather warning for Gisborne and Hawke's Bay.

The front is already hitting the upper North Island, and the Fire Service has tweeted that high winds have brought down trees and powerlines in Rawhiti and Wainui.

The New Zealand Transport Agency has warned Auckland drivers to take care and drive to the wet conditions.

In the Coromandel, the rain is expected to coincide with a king tide at about 9pm on Thursday, with a flood risk to roads and properties in low-lying coastal areas.

Other centres, such as Eastern Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu, Kapiti, Wellington, Nelson and Southern Westland have been warned to expect severe southeast gales.

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