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Severe Thunderstorm Watch For Tairāwhiti

Published: Mon 8 Nov 2021 05:04 PM
Watch updated at 4:50pm to extend risk of Severe Thunderstorms and downpours
across all of the Taupo region and into western parts of Central Hawke's Bay.
Thunderstorms are developing and this afternoon there is a risk that a few of
them become severe, producing localised downpours with intensities of 25 to 40
mm per hour. There may also be hail.
Rainfall of this intensity can cause surface and/or flash flooding, especially
about low-lying areas such as streams, rivers or narrow valleys, and may also
lead to slips.
Driving conditions will also be hazardous with surface flooding and poor
visibility in heavy rain.
The thunderstorms should ease this evening.
MetService will continue to monitor the situation closely for severe
thunderstorm development and will issue further updates.
Note: A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favourable for severe
thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. People in these areas should be on
the lookout for threatening weather conditions and monitor for possible Severe
Thunderstorm Warnings.
For information on preparing for and keeping safe during a storm, see the Civil
Defence Get Ready website
Issued by: Heath Gullery
This watch will be updated by: 09:00 pm Monday 08 November 2021

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