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Cyclone Hola Update

Posted 12 March 2018 by Gold FM in Weather and Road info

The MetService severe weather warning remains in place for The Coromandel this evening as Cyclone Hola moves slowly down the North Island.

Heavy rain is expected around 8 pm this evening and possibly between 11 pm and 1 am, bringing total accumulation to 70-100mm with peak intensities of 20-30mm per hour.

A strong wind warning remains in place, bringing gusts of 110km/h in exposed places. The strongest winds and heaviest rain associated with Hola are expected to remain offshore.

Cyclone Hola is forecast to move away to the east of New Zealand early Tuesday morning and weather is expected to ease.

High tide has arrived with some low-lying areas across the Coromandel experiencing some surface flooding.
High tides are relatively low and Thames Valley Emergency Operating Area Controller, Julian Snowball says, “We are not expecting anything extreme." 

"We are still advising people to drive to the conditions and be prepared for unexpected hazards as they make their way home this evening."

At this stage we have no reports of road closures or power outages.

According to the NZ Transport Agency, the current weather forecasts indicate there is an increased risk of slips and flooding through to midnight, particularly on the eastern side of The Coromandel.

Photo: NIWA