Northland has been warned that more flooding and slips could
occur with heavy rain and severe gales forecast over the
The Northland Civil Defence Emergency Management Group has
warned Northlanders that 120mm to 180mm of rain is forecast
to fall between now and tomorrow evening on the already
Spokesman Graeme MacDonald said the rain was expected to fall
in peak intensities of 15mm to 25mm an hour, mainly on Sunday
morning or in thunderstorms.
He said that comes on top of some rain that had already
fallen on parts of the region overnight and early today.
"Given that overnight rain, and the fact much of Northland is
still fairly soaked on the back of the storms and wet weather
we've experienced over the past couple of months, the
forecast rain will probably cause some flooding and possibly
Mr MacDonald said the MetService had also issued a severe
weather watch predicting severe easterly gales.
He said at this stage it appeared the wind and rain will be
worst over a few hours late tonight and into the early hours
of tomorrow morning.
"The winds should ease significantly during Sunday afternoon
and the rain is expected to move away shortly afterward in
the early evening."
Mr MacDonald said given the recent damaging storms, most
Northlanders would be familiar with the spots most likely to
flood or experience other weather-related problems and would
take the appropriate precautions.
He said officials would be keeping a close eye on weather –
including new forecasts and warnings – as they come to hand
over the weekend and they urge the public to do the same.