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Severe Thunderstorm Warning

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Issued by MetService at 04:07 pm Tuesday 06 April 2010. Valid until 04:52 pm Tuesday 06 April 2010.

This warning affects people in the following local government areas: WAITOMO and OTOROHANGA.

At 03:52 pm, MetService weather radar detected severe thunderstorms near BENNEYDALE, WAIPA VALLEY and MANGAPEHI.

These severe thunderstorms are moving towards the northnorthwest, and are expected to lie near WAIPA VALLEY, MANGAPEHI and BENNEYDALE at 04:22 pm and near TE KUITI, WAIPA VALLEY, MANGAPEHI and BENNEYDALE at 04:52 pm.

These thunderstorms are expected to be accompanied by very heavy rain.

Very heavy rain can cause surface and/or flash flooding about streams, gullies and urban areas, and make driving conditions extremely hazardous.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in force for TAUMARUNUI, WAIKATO and WAITOMO .

The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management advises that as storms approach you should: - Take shelter, preferably indoors away from windows; - Avoid sheltering under trees, if outside; - Move cars under cover or away from trees; - Secure any loose objects around your property; - Check that drains and gutters are clear; - Be ready to slow down or stop, if driving. During and after the storm, you should also: - Beware of fallen trees and power lines; - Avoid streams and drains as you may be swept away in flash flooding.

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