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Heavy Rain Warning for Our Ranges Extended

Update - Heavy Rain Warning for Our Ranges Extended & Strong Wind Watch Remains

The MetService have extended the Heavy Rain Warning for our ranges with Bay of Plenty – they are predicting that a further 70mm to 100mm of rain may accumulate on top of what has already fallen.

The Strong Wind watch also remain for Gisborne, Bay of Plenty and & Hawkes Bay – for 9:00am till 11:00pm Monday Northwest winds may approach severe gale at times.

I have pasted further detail re the weather forecast below the overnight roundup.

OVERNIGHT ROUND UP

RAINFALL
The highest rainfall totals for 12hrs from 8:00pm Sunday to 8:00am Monday morning are in line with Heavy Rain Warning as they are on or near the ranges;

RIP 89mm, Puketoro 71mm, Matawai 58mm, Te Rata 57mm, Arowhana 56mm, Poroporo 53mm. Compare this with Gisborne Airport 2.4mm and Tolaga Bay 3.6mm

WIND
The strongest gusts recorded overnight were;

Hicks Bay 103km/h between 1:00am – 2:00am
Tolaga Bay 63 km/h between 12:00am – 1:00am
Gisborne 63 km/h between 12:00am – 1:00am
Mahia 74 km/h between 1:00am – 2:00am

POWER

Eastland Network report that they have mainly been dealing with isolated odds and sods power outages around the District. There was a broken power pole in the Motohora area but no major power issues at this stage.

WAIOEKA GORGE
NZ Transport Agency Update - UPDATE 6:15AM, MON 09 JUL - SH2 WAIOEKA GORGE CLOSED
The Waioeka Gorge will remain closed today until the current bad weather eases. At this time a safety assessment will be performed and a decision as to an opening time will be made. With this in mind the slip site is unlikely to open before midday and, with heavy rain presently forecast all day, may not open at all today. We will update further around midday today.
Please check the NZ Transport Agency website or their Facebook page for updates

https://www.facebook.com/NZTAWaikatoBoP/ or http://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic


FORECAST WARNINGS BELOW

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HEAVY RAIN WARNING
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Area: The eastern ranges of Bay of Plenty and the ranges of Gisborne
Valid: 21 hours from 9:00 am Monday to 6:00 am Tuesday
Forecast: Further periods of heavy rain or showers. Expect 70 to 100mm of rain to accumulate, on top of what has already fallen. Peak intensities of 15 to 20mm per hour in possible thunderstorms.

STRONG WIND WATCH

Area: Bay of Plenty, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay
Valid: 14 hours from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm Monday
Forecast: Northwest winds may approach severe gale at times.

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