MetService has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Stratford and New Plymouth.

At 7.52pm, MetService reports their radar detected severe thunderstorms moving southeast toward New Plymouth, Waitara, and on toward Egmont Village and Stratford.

The storms are expected to move through between 8 and 9pm, bringing with them very heavy rain and wind gusts, as well as possible tornadoes.

Further heavy and thundery rain is forecast for parts of Nelson, Marlborough, Taranaki, Tongariro National Park and the eastern Bay of Plenty ranges overnight.

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- Herald Online