15 May 2024

Live: Heavy rain, thunderstorms, risk of tornadoes in North Island, parts of south

3:49 pm on 15 May 2024
rain over NZ at 11.35am on 15 May

A MetService screenshot of rain sitting over the North Island and the top of the south at 11.35am today. Photo: MetService screenshot

MetService forecasts strong winds for western parts of the North Island overnight with a risk of tornadoes.

MetService says there have been almost 1800 lightning strikes over the North Island as thunderstorms moved through the Bay of Plenty.

A heavy rain warning remains in place for east of Ōpōtiki in Bay of Plenty until 11pm on Wednesday.

A severe thunderstorm watch is in place for Waikato, Waitomo and Taranaki from 1am until 6am on Thursday.

During this time there is a moderate risk of a few small or damaging tornadoes about western parts of Waikato, Waitomo and North Taranaki, mainly near the coast, MetService says.

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