254mm of rain in 24 hours

There is severe flooding following a deluge of rain today.

Heavy rain over the last 24 hours is going to ease back a little before a wind change brings more rain for tomorrow, Friday and possibly the weekend.

“It gets lighter this afternoon,” says meteorologist Tom Adams.

“The problem is the wind is going to get stuck in a north westerly direction to round out the rest of the week.” Tom says that's going to bring a lot of moisture into the Bay of Plenty/Coromandel, also western parts of Auckland and Northland through the end of the week.

“Coromandel looks like it's going to get quite a bit tomorrow and then again Friday, possibly Saturday as well.

“There will be a good chance of the odd downpour in there - but that's against a steady background of just continuous, but not so heavy rain.

“It won't give places much of a chance to dry out till we get through to the middle of next week.”

Rainfall figures for the last 24 hours are; Tauranga 97.4mm, Rotorua 78.6mm.

In both cases, the rain only really started about 6pm.

Whitianga recorded 95mm, less than Tauranga, but places up in the mountains recorded huge amounts.

Golden Valley recorded 254.6mm in the last 24 hours.

“That's an outlier. I think they were underneath slow moving cells for quite a while there,” says Tom.

For a three hour period early this morning Golden Valley recorded 35mm, 35mm and 41mm.

“That's exceptional. Kopu East recorded 152mm. There's been a bit of a problem with some of the communications out there because a lot of stations, everything cuts off at 4am in the morning.

“It's probably power outages. We've got less than we would like from out there.”

Paeroa recorded 85.8mm or rain, even Hamilton received 60.2mm.

Katikati recorded 130mm from 4.30pm Tuesday until 8am Wednesday and another 34mm by 3.30pm Wednesday - a total of 164mm.



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