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Aucklanders are advised to exercise caution as heavy rain and strong winds are expected across the Auckland region between Friday evening to Saturday afternoon.
This raises the possibility of localised flooding and rising rivers. Over the same period, winds, especially in coastal regions, may add to the inclement weather. People in these areas should watch out for rapidly rising streams and rivers, surface flooding, and hazardous driving conditions.
The Harbourmaster is advising all recreational boat owners to check their moorings before the weather worsens. Very large swells are predicted for the entire West Coast of Auckland and boaties should ensure they are well prepared and only go out if necessary.
Auckland Council Civil Defence is monitoring the situation and advises people to take the following simple precautions prior to the bad weather to minimise its impact:
Check drains and spouting and clear any blockages
Stay up to date with weather forecasts on TV, radio and the internet
Bring pets indoors
Secure rubbish bins or any other loose objects that could be a danger in strong winds, including trampolines
Report flooding Auckland Council (09 301 0101)
Limit non-essential travel
Ensure a torch, radio and spare batteries are to hand.
If you must travel, drivers are urged to take the following precautions:
Check NZ Transport website before travelling
Keep headlights on
Drive to the conditions
Keep a safe distance from the car in front.
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