Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for central and eastern North Island

Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for central and eastern North Island

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A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued by MetService from this afternoon to 9:00 pm tonight.

There is a possibility of thunderstorms with a chance that some of these may be severe in Hawke's Bay, the east of Taupo and south of Gisborne.

These thunderstorms could be accompanied by hail larger than 20mm and rainfall rates greater than 25mm per hour.

According to MetService, large hail can cause a drastic amount of damage to crops, orchards, vines, glasshouse and vehicles. Thunderstorms can create hazardous driving conditions, so caution is advised if you are driving.

Surface and flash flooding in low-lying areas such as streams, rivers or narrow valleys may lead to slips.

The Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favourable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.

People in watch areas should always be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions.

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