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Severe Thunderstorm Warning

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Issued by MetService at 04:41 pm Tuesday 06 April 2010. Valid until 05:22 pm Tuesday 06 April 2010.

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

At 04:22 pm, MetService weather radar detected severe thunderstorms near TE KUITI and WAITOMO CAVES.

These severe thunderstorms are moving towards the north, and are expected to lie near TE KUITI and WAITOMO CAVES at 04:52 pm and near TE KUITI and WAITOMO CAVES at 05:22 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.

This warning is due to be updated or lifted by 05:22 pm Tuesday 06 April 2010.

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