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Whitianga also had its highest amount of rainfall for January, with 523mm. PHOTO: PIXABAY

Heavy rain warning for Coromandel

MetService has issued a 24-hour orange heavy rain warning for Coromandel from December 14 at midday to December 15 and could be extended to Friday.

MetService said the heavy rain could cause stream and rivers to rapidly rise, surface flooding and slips, and storm surges in the Firth of Thames during high tides.

Thames-Coromandel District Council [TCDC] said its Emergency Management Team met with MetService and Waikato Regional Council yesterday to fine tune the forecast details around the incoming weather event.

Civil Defence Controller for TCDC Garry Towler said while the distirct was in for “long-persistent” rainfall.

“Heed the warning and take all normal precautions especially if you are near the coast, travelling or outdoors between [December 14] morning and Friday,” he said.

“Over the last 12 weeks the Coromandel has had almost 1.5 metres of rain, the catchments are still saturated so expect surface flooding as well in the usual places where ground is low lying near stream and river mouths, especially around high tides.”

Thames-Coromandel District Council said road updates will be published on its website and Facebook page and has advised the public to check Waka Kotahi for State Highway information and MetService for weather updates.