New del­uge to hit coun­try

South Waikato News - - Out & About - LAURA WAL­TERS

A low moving in from the Tas­man Sea will bring rain to the West Coast be­fore moving onto flood­stricken ar­eas in the north.

Metser­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist April Clark said the heavy rain would kick off on Tues­day in the south­west of the South Is­land, then spread north­wards dur­ing Wednesday and Thurs­day.

West­land, Buller, Nelson, Taranaki and Bay of Plenty were ex­pected to take the big­gest beat­ing from this week’s weather. Rain was ex­pected to reach warn­ing lev­els in West­land on Wednesday.

The heavy rain, ex­pected to hit Bay of Plenty, Coro­man­del Penin­sula and Gis­borne dur­ing Wednesday and Thurs­day, will add to the re­gions’ trou­bles.

Flood­ing is likely thanks to al­ready wet soil and swollen rivers from last week’s dev­as­tat­ing floods.

There was also a chance rain­fall amounts could reach warn­ing lev­els in North­land, Auck­land, Great Bar­rier Is­land, Waikato, Wait­omo, the cen­tral North Is­land high coun­try and eastern Otago on Wednesday.

French me­dia has re­ported at least four peo­ple have been in­jured and 20,000 homes with­out power in the wake of Cy­clone Cook mak­ing land­fall in New Cale­do­nia.

The Cy­clone was ex­pected to track south­east to­wards New Zealand’s east coast by Fri­day, Clark said.

Rain has pelted the coun­try over the past week and more is on the way. Pic­tured is the Edge­cumbe floods.

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