Weather update #4 - 4 January 6pm 04 January 2018 With heavy rain and wind forecast for the Coromandel through this evening and early Friday, Civil Defence is advising people to stay off the roads if they can or to anyone with plans to complete their journey before nightfall. (Image: Metservice's rain radar shows lots of rain hovering over the north of the North Island.) MetService’s forecast is for 90 to 130mm rain to fall between Thursday afternoon and 1am Friday, with peak intensities of 20 to 30mm/h, especially this evening. This rainfall may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly, surface flooding and slips are also possible. MetService has also issued a strong wind warning, forecasting northeasterlies that could gust up to 120km/h in exposed places. “Tie down trampolines and any other loose objects around your place,” says our Civil Defence Controller Garry Towler. The MetService weather warning says: “The combination of strong winds and high tides may also cause coastal inundation in [the] Coromandel and Bay of Plenty including the Firth of Thames from this evening to Friday morning.“ Thames high tide: 10:03pm Thursday; 10:37am FridayWhitianga high tide: 9:33pm Thursday; 10:10am Friday If you see a threat to life or property, call emergency services on 111. Council staff and members of Fire and Emergency New Zealand have done a sweep of the Coromandel, asking campers in low-lying areas to move to higher ground. DOC has closed the Pinnacles Hut in the Coromandel Forest Park and have strongly advised campers to leave the Kauaeranga Valley. Some events have been cancelled or postponed, including Sol3 Mio’s concert in Whangamata tonight, which has now been rescheduled for Friday at the same venue and time. The Matarangi Beach summer festival events tomorrow have been cancelled. The Pauanui Summer Series, The King of Tangi, will be held on Sunday 7 January instead of Friday. Check with event organisers about other events. Check MetService for the latest weather forecasts at www.metservice.com. Stay up to date on rainfall and flood-related information with Waikato Regional Council’s online hub at www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/flood-room. If you seen a Council road that is impeded by flooding or debris, report the issue to our 24/7 Customer Services line on 07 868 0200, so our contractors can be alerted. If the issue is with a State Highway (SH25, SH25A or SH26, eg Thames Coast Road, Kopu-Hikuai Road) please inform NZ Transport Agency on 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49). Check NZTA’s website www.nzta.govt.nz for the latest conditions of State Highways. And, report any power outages to Powerco www.powerco.co.nz We’ll post updates on known Council road issues on our Facebook page. We’ll also post weather-related updates on our website www.tcdc.govt.nz and in our email newsletters www.tcdc.govt.nz/subscribe. Despite the rain, our Total Fire Ban is still in effect until at least 8 February. And, current water restrictions apply until further notice. Water demand is still high and the rainfall adds dirt and sediments to the streams which slows down the water treatment process. We’re reviewing reservoir levels and water use daily and it shouldn’t be too many more days before we can start easing restrictions. Check these at www.tcdc.govt.nz/water.