Wet end to school holidays on the Coromandel
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Posted July 15, 2020
Council Matters ,
Thames Coromandel Council’s Emergency Management Unit and the Waikato Regional Council Flood Room teams met with the MetService Severe weather forecaster this afternoon to take a closer look at the incoming weather event.
Once again, the highest impact will be on the Eastern Seaboard, south of Whitianga down to Whangamata and Whiritoa.
Heavy overnight rain from 11pm tonight will continue through much of Thursday (16 July), delivering localised downpours of 25 to 30mm per hour in places, culminating up to 150mm.
Later on Thursday and into Friday (17 July), as the storm passes, there could be the odd thunderstorm.
“Overall we can expect a similar outcome to the last rain event in late June, with surface flooding, slips and road closures,” says our Civil Defence Controller, Garry Towler. “High tides are mid-afternoon Thursday, so it’s highly likely the Eastern Seaboard will be isolated again at Hikuai and possibly south of Whitianga for some time.”
Farmers south of Whitianga are urged to move stock to high ground and prepare for rapid river rises as the saturated ground won’t absorb as much as it did in the last rain event.
“If you have plans to travel on Thursday please reconsider,” says Mr Towler. “We advise you travel before midnight tonight or wait it out until Friday. The risks are not worth it, it’s that simple.”