Heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected to hit western
parts of Auckland and Taranaki later today but skies will
clear in time for New Year's Eve, weather forecasters
Torrential rain sent campers on the Coromandel fleeing to
higher ground yesterday, with the rain continuing overnight.
The fierce deluge sent slips across roads, left rivers
swollen and had many residents along the peninsula's eastern
coast cleaning up flooded sections and streets, at a time
when visitor numbers at the summer destination were at their
Whitianga recorded 120mm of rain in 24 hours - more than the
average monthly rainfall, MetService spokesman Daniel Corbett
However, the front was weakening as it headed east towards
Gisborne, he said.
Heavy rain also fell overnight on the Kaimai Ranges, Tauranga
and Whangaparoa, and rain and thunder would hit western parts
of Auckland and Taranaki this afternoon.
"It's not been great for the holidaymakers. But it can't rain
forever ... a few more showers and some thunder today but a
bit of a drier prospect tomorrow," Mr Corbett said.
Downpours and flooding haven't been the only extreme holiday
weather this season.
A tornado blew through Papamoa Beach outside Tauranga
yesterday morning, causing damage to house roofs.
Papamoa Fire Service spokesman Allan Bicker said the clean-up
had gone well and the damage was minimal.
"There were tiles off roofs but we replaced the tiles, and
those who had broken tiles just covered them with
Apart from surface flooding, there was little other damage,
- Cassandra Mason of APNZ