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Heavy rain forecast issued

MetService have issued a severe weather warning for our region from early Sunday morning.

Area: Buller, Nelson, the Marlborough Sounds and Richmond Ranges

Expect 120 to 160mm of rain to accumulate about the ranges, with 80 to 100mm or less in lower lying areas. Peak intensities of 10 to 25mm per hour, and thunderstorms possible about Buller and northwest Nelson.

Caution required

  • Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly, and surface flooding and slips are also possible.
  • Driving conditions may be hazardous.
  • Swimming in the sea and rivers may also pose health hazards.
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