Heavy rain causes flooding in Auckland, moving to east coast

Heavy rain was expected to continue its course across the North Island today, after downpours left parts of Auckland flooded last night.

Several severe weather watches ended overnight, but not before their effects were felt.

“Heavy rain has been recorded within the severe storm watch area – 80.6mm was recorded at the @AklCouncil station in Leigh (north of Warkworth) between 9-10pm, with 63 recorded in the last hour, 0mm in Whangaparaoa,” MetService said in X.

Fire and Emergency NZ said there were 67 weather-related events between 11pm and 2am Police also recorded calls for 36 weather-related events in Auckland between 6pm on Monday and 6am on Tuesday.

Witness Matthew Davison told 1News that houses were flooded by water in the area around Allum St and Tarawera Terrace.

Photographs taken overnight revealed significant flooding in Auckland’s St Heliers.

Witness Matthew Davison told 1News that houses were flooded by water in the area around Allum St and Tarawera Terrace.

He called the flooding “pretty bad.” He Fire and Emergency New Zealand was called to at least one house.

Photographs taken overnight show surface flooding in Auckland's St Heliers.

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Yesterday, MetService forecaster Dom Barry described the front as a “Tasman Sea special”, approaching west of New Zealand and heading towards the top of the North Island.

Today, the east coast of the North Island would be next in line of fire.

“A subtropical low and associated front are forecast to bring a period of rain to the northern and eastern parts of the North Island.

“Storms continue to move towards the Bay of Plenty this morning and heavy rain is forecast to reach the east coast of the North Island,” MetService said.

“Milford Sound and Hokitika seem like the ideal spots if you’re looking for sunnier skies.”

The agency issued a series of severe weather warnings and watches.

Photographs taken overnight show surface flooding in Auckland's St Heliers.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Bay of Plenty, including Rotorua, from 2am to 10am today.

“An active front is expected to move east across the Bay of Plenty/Rotorua this morning, bringing heavy rain,” MetService said.

“There is a moderate risk of SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS with possible localized heavy rainfall in excess of 40 mm/h, especially in coastal areas, along with the possibility of a small coastal tornado.”

An orange heavy rain warning has been issued for Hawke’s Bay, with between 150 and 200mm of rain expected between 6am today and 6pm tomorrow: “Heavy rain can cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly.

“Surface flooding and slipping are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.”

Meanwhile, several places were asked to be on alert for possible rain.

Heavy rain warnings are in place for the Bay of Plenty west of Kawerau from 11pm last night to 11am today, for Tairāwhiti from 3am to 3pm today, and for the Tararua and Wairarapa district from 9am from today to 9 am tomorrow.

Heavy rain warnings for Northland, Auckland and Great Barrier Island, and the Coromandel Peninsula ended last night.