Heavy Rain Warning for Coromandel
A heavy rain warning has been issued for the Coromandel Peninsula and TCDC's Civil Defence team is urging motorists to travel with care and expect delays tonight.
What the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) has called a 'tropical firehose' of moisture is forecast to move east across the upper North Island tonight, through to Christmas Day. Thunderstorms are also possible.
The Civil Defence team warns that higher than normal river levels, coupled with this week’s king tides, could isolate the Coromandel from later this evening, and affect local camping grounds.
Holiday makers are advised to take extreme care if travelling this afternoon and evening and to keep up-to-date with information on the weather and roads around the district.
“We have up to 100mm of rain on the way and with a king tide at 9pm tonight, the possibility of road closures at Hikuai and Thames are more than likely,” says Civil Defence Controller Garry Towler.
If this happens, then it's likely to occur a few hours either side of high tide, so potentially between 7:30 pm and 11.30 pm today.
As a precaution, the motor home park at Rhodes Park in Thames will be closed overnight and a number of camp grounds are being contacted to prepare for possible flooding.
Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous, so take extreme care when driving, Garry says.
There is already a slip on Port Jackson Rd, just south of Fantail Bay on the north-western side of the Coromandel.
Motorists are encouraged to be off the roads as early as possible this evening, or to delay their travel until tomorrow.