Hola was a fizzer in the north

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Rain fell on the Far North for much of Mon­day, but ex-Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Hola was a fizzer.

There was no re­ported flood­ing in the dis­trict, and no road clo­sures, but the wind did make its pres­ence felt.

The strong­est gust, 117km/h, was recorded at the MetSer­vice rain radar site near Kaeo, but downed power lines, or branches blown into power lines, caused a num­ber of out­ages across the Mid North, in­clud­ing In­let Rd and Wiroa Rd ar­eas, Kerik­eri and Wai­mate North, where al­most 300 house­holds were af­fected. Only five homes in the Ta­heke area were still with­out power at 4pm.

The heav­i­est rain in the 24 hours to 4pm on Mon­day was recorded at Oakura Bay which, ac­cord­ing to North­land Re­gional Coun­cil fig­ures, re­ceived 70.5mm. Puhipuhi re­ceived 60.5mm, Mars­den Pt 53.5mm and Whangarei 50.4mm.

In Kaitaia the North­land Age recorded 16.2mm, which nudged the to­tal for the month so far above the 89-year March av­er­age of 80.9mm.

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