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Thames-Coromandel: Storm could ‘cut-off’ holidaymakers
Posted on January 4, 2018 by APTC in APTC New Zealand

Flooding could be a problem for those holidaying at the Coromandel Peninsula.

Holiday-makers in Coromandel should prepare to be cut off by a storm brewing across the country.

Severe gales, heavy rain, king tides and flooding are all part of a “perfect storm” closing in on the North Island, particularly the eastern coasts.

Bay of Plenty and Coromandel – both popular holiday spots – are amongst the regions set to be hit the worst, from Thursday through to Friday.

As a storm brews in the Coromandel, the Thames-Coromandel District Council are warning campers and holiday-makers to prepare to be stuck there once the storm hits (File photo).

Coastal campers should consider moving to higher ground, in the midst of flooding concerns, Thames-Coromandel District Council spokesman Michael Dobie said.

Large swells and king tides are expected in the Coromandel on Thursday evening, coinciding with heavy rain, making coastal flooding and inundation a risk.

The Thames-Coromandel District Council met twice on Wednesday to formulate a weather warning plan, particularly for holiday-makers, whose holidays could be hampered by nasty weather, Dobie said.

“People should be prepared to be cut-off, potentially.

“We’re just advising people, if they’re camping, have a look at where they’re camping and assess the location. They need to consider moving to higher ground.

“If you’re next to a stream, what is going to happen if the water level suddenly rises? [Because] it could happen.

“We’re not telling people to leave, we’re open for business. But people could be cut-off.”

“If you’re in the Coromandel or if you’re planning on coming here, be prepared.

“By all means, come, but have some supplies, just in case.

“Be prepared for some bad weather.

“We could get trees going down over roads, power lines down, possibly. You never know how these things are going to play out.”

Plans are being made in case throngs of campers end up with nowhere to stay, Dobie said.

MetService meteorologist April Clark said the storm will affect most of the North Island and some of the South.

“We have a low that is rapidly deepening. It’s just developing [Wednesday] and it will deepen tomorrow and move.”

The rain will start in Northland on Thursday morning, before spreading down the island, Clark said.

Bay of Plenty rainfall could reach 160mm in 24 hours.

“This is quite a wide spread event, it’s the most significant low we’ve had since about mid September,” Clark said. “This [storm] system is more broad scale, what we call synoptic scale. It’s something that affects everyone.”

But some will be affected worse than others.

Heavy and persistent rain will be particularly bad for Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty and Coromandel – could cause slips and flooding, Clark said.

North easterlies will spread all over the country bringing sub-tropical air from the north.

And gusts of up to 120kph are expected across the North Island.

“With that it means trees can come down, they can fall on power lines, debris on the road.

“People coming home from holiday and things like that, they should plan ahead.

“It’s kind of bad timing but there’s not much we can do about that.”

“During Thursday and into early Friday those could be affecting those roads on the coast as well in low lying areas.”

“Roads that are close to the coasts or low lying areas as well, those could be coming up higher than they usually do because we’ve got king tides.”

People should check New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) for road closure and traffic updates, Clark said.

“It could be quite dangerous.”


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