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Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Motorists in North Taranaki are being asked to stay alert and take care on the roads, with heavy rain expected overnight and into tomorrow evening.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Taranaki System Manager Ross I’Anson says motorists should expect the unexpected and drive with care.

“MetService has issued a Severe Weather Warning for rainfall in Taranaki from 1am through until 7pm tomorrow. North-westerly wind gusts of 80-100km/h are also possible and there is a moderate risk of thunderstorms.

“Avoid unnecessary travel, drive to the conditions and watch out for surface flooding, slips and fallen trees or branches.

“River levels may rise quickly with heavy rain and road closures are possible. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.

“Check your intended route for hazards or disruptions before setting out, using the Waka Kotahi Journey Planner website (journeys.nzta.govt.nz(external link)), and remain alert for unreported hazards.”

Mr I’Anson asks motorists to be mindful of contractors who could be out clearing hazards off the road, and drive slowly through work sites.

“We want to see everyone get home safely. Stay safe and stay alert.”

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