Civil Defence is monitoring forecast rain and strong winds 11 June 2018 MetService has issued a severe weather watch for the Coromandel Peninsula for heavy rain and strong winds and Civil Defence is in monitoring mode to keep an eye on the deepening sub-tropical low that is approaching. (Image: the sub-tropical low as shown on MetService.) Our Council's Civil Defence Controler, Garry Towler, says the weather system is unusual and its exact course is unpredictable. "From late afternoon to the early hours of tomorrow morning there will be at least 100mm of steady rain and wind gusts from the south-east of at least 110kmh, especially along the eastern seaboard of the Coromandel," says Mr Towler. The advice from Civil Defence is to secure loose outdoor furniture, tie down trampolines, and check drains and gutters around your property. High tides around the Coromandel are at just before 5pm today and at about 5:10am tomorrow. 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.