Monday, August 8

Tag: Rain

South Island weather: Streets turn to rivers, forcing evacuations
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South Island weather: Streets turn to rivers, forcing evacuations

Rising floodwaters have forced homeowners and holiday-makers to evacuate in Otago and Canterbury, where rivers have burst their banks and torrential rain has washed out roads. While the raging Ashburton River had spilled into farmland, on Tuesday night Civil Defence staff were confident the town would be spared when the water peaked at the State Highway 1 bridge. State Highway 8 through Lindis Pass between Tarras and Omarama would remain closed overnight because of fresh snow, slips and flooding, along with the Aoraki/Mount Cook highway and Haast Pass, Waka Kotahi said. Spokesperson Graeme Hall said people should delay any travel until Wednesday. Accommodation in places such as Twizel, Fairlie and Tekapo was filling up with the arrival of travellers stalled by road closures, he...
Much-Needed Rain Comes with Chance for Severe Weather Monday
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Much-Needed Rain Comes with Chance for Severe Weather Monday

Afternoon storms may produce damaging winds, hail, heavy rain and an isolated tornado, especially in parts of western New England Low pressure will track through the region Monday into tonight, providing much of the area with a beneficial rainfall – but it will come with a cost, as we may have to deal with some severe weather as well. It’ll be warm and muggy today with showers breaking out from west to east this morning, with some of those possibly accompanied by thunderstorms along with heavy downpours as a warm front passes through the region. The main concern this morning into this afternoon will be the possibility of localized flooding, especially across interior portions of the region. We’ll continue to see the threat for showers and storms throughout this afternoon, but there ...