Strong wind watch for the Coromandel 14 August 2018 MetService has lifted the heavy rain watch for the Coromandel. They say showers are expected today, but accumulations are not expected to exceed warning amounts. However, there is still a strong wind watch in place from 5pm this evening until 1am tomorrow. Westerly winds may approach severe gale in exposed places during this time. We have no reports of slips, flooding or road closures. Cathedral Cove arch is open. Coromandel walkway is open but can only be accessed from the Stony Bay end. Fletcher Bay campground is closed due to a slip on the camp ground access road. Port Jackson camp ground is open. Karaka track is closed due to a slip. For any inquiries regarding Kauaeranga Valley camping, please ring 07 867 9080. Stay up to date on the weather and road conditions: Weather updates: MetService. State Highways (SH25, SH25A, SH26 in the Coromandel): NZTA NZTA. You can also call NZTA on 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) for traffic and travel information. You can also use their journey-planning website www.onthemove.govt.nz to plan the best route for your journey, taking into account known issues and traffic on state highways. Council roads: We will post regular updates on our Council's Facebook page as well as on our website and email newsletters. If you see an issue that needs attention, call us on 07 868 0200. Local radio - Check stations and frequencies here. Red Cross Hazards App - alerts about hazards. Download from the App Store or Google Play. Emergency Mobile Alert - these can be sent to your mobile phone, without needing to download an app or sign up. Check if your phone is capable of receiving them, here Waikato Regional Council has set up an online hub for rainfall and flood-related information to help people more easily keep up to date with severe weather events in the region. It can be found here. Also follow Waikato Civil Defence on Facebook here and check out their website for updates here. Know your neighbours - phone each other in an emergency, especially vulnerable people, to check if they're OK. To report a power outage, contact Powerco or your provider. For more on these channels, and other information about staying informed in emergencies, go to the Civil Defence "Never Happens" website.