Buckle-up for more wet and windy weather

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Buckle-up for some more wet and windy weather coming Northland's way.

Metservice are predicting heavy rain and severe gale southeasterlies for Northland, Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula and Gisborne tomorrow night (Tuesday) and Wednesday.

A deep subtropical low approaching from the north is expected to lie near Cape Reinga Tuesday night, then move southeast to lie near East Cape by midnight Wednesday.

This low and associated fronts are forecast to bring rain and gale southeasterlies to northern and central New Zealand.

The heaviest falls of rain are likely in eastern Northland, Coromandel Peninsula and Gisborne during Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Expect 100mm of rain in these areas, but 150mm in the ranges of Gisborne through to early Wednesday morning. People are advised that rivers and streams will rise rapidly, and slips and localised surface flooding are likely.

In addition, gale southeasterlies are expected to rise to severe gale in Northland, Auckland and Coromandel Peninsula during Tuesday afternoon through to midnight Tuesday, with damaging gusts of 130km/h in Auckland and Coromandel Peninsula. Winds of this strength are likely to bring down trees and powerlines, may cause damage to insecure structures, and make driving hazrdous, especially for motorcycles and high sided vehicles.

- NORTHERN ADVOCATE

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