Heavy rain, wind hit top of the south

Nelson Mail - - News - Skara Bohny skara.bohny@stuff.co.nz

A se­vere weather warn­ing of heavy rain is in place for Buller and western Nel­son.

The rain is com­ing with a front work­ing its way up the South Is­land which is de­liv­er­ing strong winds, po­ten­tial sur­face flood­ing and slips over al­most the en­tire South Is­land.

Rain has been fore­cast from Buller through Nel­son city and Tas­man dis­trict for the 24-hour pe­riod from 10am yes­ter­day un­til 10am to­day, with be­tween 90 and 140 mil­lime­tres ex­pected to fall over the course of the storm.

The NZ Trans­port Agency has is­sued a cau­tion warn­ing for State High­way 60 be­tween Ri­waka and Takaka due to the heavy rain.

The worst of the weather was ex­pected to hit the top of the south overnight, with rain­fall of up to 25mm per hour.

A Metser­vice spokesman said the front would steadily make its way up the coun­try be­fore tak­ing a pause over Te Tau Ihu. ‘‘This front sort of slows down and has a brief pause be­fore it moves on to the North Is­land. So it lingers over that north­ern part of the South Is­land.’’

He said rain­fall of 25mm per hour was ‘‘quite sig­nif­i­cant’’.

‘‘I wouldn’t call it a nor­mal rain event, it’s def­i­nitely on the higher side. I don’t want to cause panic, but peo­ple should be vig­i­lant, keep up to date with these warn­ings, keep an eye on the web­site, and stay in­formed.’’

BRADEN FASTIER/STUFF

A front work­ing its way up the South Is­land is bring­ing an ex­pected 90 to 140 mil­lime­tres of rain to Nel­son and Tas­man.

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