Monday, September 19, 2011

STORM ALERT: Tornadoes and Flash Flooding possible in The upper North Island, New Zealand this Afternoon - 19th Sept 2011

The upper North Island will be ravaged by hundreds of thunderstorms bringing a risk of flash flooding and tornadoes this afternoon, predicts a weather service.

Torrential rain and thunderstorms are heading in from the west of the North Island, and are predicted to land shortly over Dargaville and Kaitaia.

Northland is expected to be the worst hit, and the Far North area could also see some of the downpour.

Weather analyst Philip Duncan said this was one of the most active thunder bands seen for some time.

"These thunderstorms may produce localised flash flooding and produce damaging tornadoes.''

Any tornadoes hitting the country would be on a small scale, unlike the previous tornadoes causing damage in Auckland and New Plymouth earlier this year he said.

The Lightening Tracker has already detected more than 1150 strikes west of Auckland and Northland.

The site has issued a Storm Alert advising residents and motorists to take extreme care this afternoon with the risk of flash flooding, hail, isolated small tornadoes and frequent thunderstorms as the front moves through in the next few hours. Source