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Gales for the east and south of the North Island overnight

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Fuseworks Media

A complex trough is crossing central New Zealand overnight Monday and during Tuesday morning. Although the widespread, persistent heavy rain has eased, further bursts of heavy, thundery rain are expected for the central North Island high country, the ranges of eastern Bay of Plenty and also Buller. The Watch for heavy rain about the Tararua Range is now upgraded to a full Warning.

In addition, northwest gales are likely over the central and southern North Island and these could be severe in eastern areas from Gisborne to Wairarapa, where gusts of 130 km/h are possible. Severe north to northwest gales about Wellington and the Marlborough Sounds are expected to ease overnight Monday or early Tuesday morning.

People are advised that surface flooding and slips are possible in areas of heavy rain, and that winds of this strength have the potential to damage trees, powerlines and unsecure structures.

Driving conditions are still likely to be hazardous in many regions overnight.

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