New deluge to hit country
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.