South Aus­tralian storm head­ing for New Zealand

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As­torm that cut power to the en­tire state of South Aus­tralia this week is ex­pected to hit New Zealand on the week­end but nowhere near as badly. All of South Aus­tralia was left with­out power on Wed­nes­day af­ter the storm brought strong winds and some flood­ing across the state. MetSer­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist Claire Flynn said the weather front will hit the West Coast tonight, be­fore mov­ing east­wards over the rest of the coun­try on Sun­day, bring­ing rain to many ar­eas.

Wide­spread rain with brief heavy falls is fore­cast for West­land, north­ern Fiord­land, the Nel­son ranges and also Bay of Plenty. She said it will weaken as it moves across the Tas­man so the winds will not be as strong as those that Aus­tralia ex­pe­ri­enced. “It will bring some heavy rain to most places how­ever it will be quite brief but be­cause the front is mov­ing quite quickly rainfall ac­cu­mu­la­tions are look­ing like they could stay be­low warn­ing cri­te­ria for a lot of places as well,” said Ms Flynn.

There is also the po­ten­tial for squally thun­der­storms, es­pe­cially in the north and west of the coun­try. The MetSer­vice has also is­sued a se­vere weather watch for Waikato, Wait­omo, and the Coro­man­del Penin­sula re­gions, where con­di­tions have be­come sat­u­rated over re­cent days.

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