Severe thunderstorm warning for Bay of Plenty

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Lightning in Tauranga. File photo/George Novak
Lightning in Tauranga. File photo/George Novak

A severe thunderstorm warning has been put int place for the Bay of Plenty.

The watch also affects people in the Waikato, Taumarunui and Rotorua.

A combination of humid subtropical air, and afternoon and early evening wind convergences, are likely to trigger heavy showers and thunderstorms about the central North Island and parts of Northland today.

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There is a moderate risk of these thunderstorms becoming severe, producing localised downpours and torrential rain of 25 to 40mm/hr and possibly more. Rainfall of this intensity can cause 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.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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