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MetService issues orange level warnings for Westland, Buller

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Severe rain warnings are being issued for parts of the South Island with flooding and slips possible in some areas.

MetService said more than 500 millimetres of rain was expected to accumulate about the West Coast ranges from tonight through to Thursday morning.

There were orange level warnings in place for Westland, Buller, the Canterbury high country and Fiordland from tonight.

MetService was warning the amount of rain forecast to fall in the next few days was a lot, even by West Coast standards.

“With the winds arriving from the Tasman Sea wet weather will push onto the West Coast of the South Island on Tuesday before spreading onto the North Island for Thursday,” meteorologist John Law said.

“While the wettest weather is set for the ranges of the West Coast, strong north-westerly winds will push some rain over into the east as well. Inland parts of Canterbury can expect some heavy rainfall driven across into the headwaters of the eastern rivers.”

West Coast Civil Defence said it has already been in planning talks with other agencies.

Meanwhile, the east coast is experiencing warm temperatures in the mid to high 20s as a subtropical airmass moves onto the country today.


Story Credit: rnz.co.nz

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