Northlanders should brace for more strong winds and rain today as the low pressure system wrapping round the region slowly moves away, but there will be a sting in the winds' tail tomorrow, the MetService warns.

Meteorologist John Law said the sub-tropical low that battered Northland with heavy rain and gale force winds yesterday would continue today, with the wind changing from a southeasterly to a southwesterly and bringing gusts of up to 120km/h.

Mr Law said the low dumped heavy volumes of rain on the region yesterday, with Whangarei the main centre hit the most, getting 25.4mm in the nine hours to 4pm, including 6.8mm between 11.30am and 12.30pm.

"This (Tuesday) afternoon you've had winds gusting to 58 knots (107km/h), which is pretty strong, and it could be getting up to 120km/h (today)," he said.


The region appeared to have escaped serious damage yesterday. The event was not as severe as expected and late yesterday no damage had been reported, Northland Civil Defence said. It was to check again this morning to see if any damage occurred.

Mr Law said things would slowly improve tomorrow but the southwesterly would have a sting in its tail, with gusty winds and heavy showers. Friday should be fairly clear, with a few showers and wind.