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Weather watch for Coromandel

A heavy rain warning has been issued for the Coromandel, spanning 27 hours from 3am Saturday morning.
MetService has upgraded the weather watch in the region to Orange and said residents could expect to see 100-130mm of rain to fall over this time.
According to MetService, a complex area of low pressure to the northwest of New Zealand will direct a “moist northeasterly flow” onto the North Island.
This low is expected to move slowly southeast and move onto the North Island on Sunday.
Some northern and eastern areas may receive warning amounts of rain.
At this stage, it looks like the north of Gisborne, Bay of Plenty and the Coromandel Peninsula will receive the largest accumulations, it said.
People are advised to stay up to date with forecasts in case any details are added.
Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.
Area: Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Plenty from Te Puke westward
Valid: 27 hours from 3:00 am Saturday to 6:00 am Sunday
Forecast: Expect 100 to 130mm of rain. Peak rates of 10 to 20mm/h at times.