A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the Bay of Plenty as thunderstorms continue to rumble across the North Island.
The MetService issued the watch for the region this morning.
Scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected about inland parts of the central and lower North Island this afternoon and evening.
Severe thunderstorm watch issued this morning. Check our website for all the details on areas affected https://t.co/GZIq9Jlbrw. For information on preparing for and keeping safe during a storm, see the Civil Defence Get Ready Get Thru website. ^AB pic.twitter.com/ZFbtuEwgMn— MetService (@MetService) November 28, 2017
“For Waikato, Waitomo, Taumarunui, southern Bay of Plenty, Taupo, Taihape, inland parts of Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu and the ranges of Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa there is a risk that some of these thunderstorms could become severe producing localised downpours of 25 to 40mm per hour.
“Rainfall of this intensity can cause flash flooding, slips and hazardous driving conditions,” says the weather organisation.
The thunderstorms are a continued pattern this week, with the MetService recording more than 10,000 lighting strikes overnight.
We've pushed over the 10,000 mark with lightning strikes over the country so far today. Similar conditions are forecast tomorrow - check if you're within our thunderstorm risk areas here https://t.co/BZWb7ZPiRd ^AC pic.twitter.com/gsY1zvwBtr— MetService (@MetService) November 28, 2017
The watch is valid until 9pm.
Areas included in the watch are:
Bay of Plenty