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ExtremeJune 2002 Upper North Island Weather Bomb ( 2002-06-18 )

150 years

A weather bomb brought heavy rain, flooding and high winds and high seas to much of the upper North Island. A State of Emergency was declared in two parts of the Waikato and much damage was done to public and private property. A woman drowned in the Coromandel and three people were injured in separate incidents.

North Island

Multi HazardMulti Hazard
Duration:   4  days - From the 18th to the 21st of June.
Comments:

CauseA weather bomb. An explosively-deepening depression passed to the west of Coromandel Peninsula. Strong convection that was not well-predicted affected a small part of Coromandel Peninsula, causing extreme damage. A sharp upper trough moved across the north Tasman Sea with a negative tilt near northern New Zealand. Subtropical air moved down a moist conveyor into the low, overriding cool air from around a high to the south.

CommentThe MetService issued Heavy Rain Warnings and Strong Wind Warnings for Auckland, Northland, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato and Bay of Plenty.

CommentParts of the North Island took a battering from Gale-force winds and driving rain on the 20th.

ImpactIn the 12 hours from 6:30pm on the 20th, the Fire Service's Northern Communications Centre (for the area north of Turangi) received 658 calls. By mid-afternoon on the 21st it had handled nearly 300 more calls.

Affected Lifeline125,000 people were without power. The United Networks power company reported that 26,000 homes were without power from Coromandel Peninsula to Rotorua and Tauranga. Power was expected to be restored to most by midday on the 21st.

Property DamageOver 500 properties were affected. Insurance claims spread from Northland to south of Palmerston North, the largest number coming from the Thames-Coromandel District. The claims were mainly for cars which had been flooded and for extensive water and wind damage to homes. In some of the most serious cases, roofs were torn off and rain then drove into the buildings, destroying interiors.

Affected LifelineAbout 500 households in Thames-Coromandel, South Waikato and West Auckland still without hot water on the 25th.

Insurance Claim14,500 insurance claims had been received by 2nd August.

Insurance PaymentInsurance payouts totalled $21.5 million ($25,600,000 2008 dollars).

Heavy RainHeavy Rain
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicRainfall totalling 160-210 mm (16.0-21.0 cm) occurred throughout Northland, north Auckland and the Coromandel.

CommentThe worst of the rain had left the upper North Island on the 21st.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentExtensive flooding occurred in the upper North Island on the 20th.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

Property DamageGale force east to north-east winds damaged property in Auckland and Waikato. Roofs were lifted and windows and walls were blown out.

Northland

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Northland
Comments:

Affected LifelineViolent winds and heavy rain left thousands of people without power and water.

DamageSome buildings were damaged by the winds and rain on the 20th and 21st. There were many instances of property damage in the Kaipara District.

Affected LifelineThroughout the Kaipara District, roads were flooded, slips came down and bridges were impassable. Many roads were closed.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain
Comments:

CommentThe storm brought widespread rain to much of Northland, dumping a month's worth of rainfall on the region in four days.

Physical CharacteristicNorthland received up to 80 mm (8.0 cm) of rain on the 19th.

Physical CharacteristicNorthland recorded an average of 71 mm (7.1 cm) of rain in the 24 hours to 12pm on the 19th.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicSome river levels had risen several metres after the rain on the 19th.

ImpactFlood waters had to be pumped out of two basements in the Far North on the 19th.

ImpactOn the 19th, there was minor surface flooding on paddocks and rural roads.

Affected LifelineMost of the worst flooding on roads on the 20th coincided with the high tide shortly before 4pm, and most were clear again by late evening. The Kaipara Coast highway was flooded.

ImpactMost schools in Whangarei, Kawakawa, Ruakaka, Waipu, Dargaville, Kaikohe and Kaitaia closed early on the 20th so buses could get children home before flooding met the mid-afternoon high tide.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

DamageNorthland suffered from wind damage, with trees down in many areas.

Affected LifelineWinds brought down power lines or felled trees on to power lines in Whangarei, Ruakaka, Maungaturoto, Dargaville and Ruawai. Power was cut to thousands of consumers, although only for a couple of hours in many cases. About 60 homes north of Dargaville were without power on the morning of the 21st. There were also intermittent telephone outages.

Peak Wind SpeedWinds gusted to 115 km/hr in Northland on the 20th.

LandslideLandslide
Comments:

Affected LifelineThere were slips on roads throughout upper Northland.

LandslideLandslide at Brynderwyn
Map Location: -36.096298 174.430067
Comments:

Affected LifelineThere was a slip on State Highway 1 on the southern side of the Brynderwyns, but the road was not closed.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Dargaville
Map Location: -35.944137 173.869958
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicDaragville recorded 133.5 mm (13.4 cm) of rain rom 12am on the 17th to 7:30am on the 21st.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentThe Wairoa River was swollen.

ImpactThe Kaumatua Flats at Te Houhanga Marae on Station Road were surrounded by flood waters on the 21st. An elderly woman in a wheelchair had to be rescued

Maritime / CoastalMaritime / Coastal
Comments:

CommentThere were high, wind-driven tides at Dargaville on the weekend (22nd-23rd).

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Glenbervie Forest
Map Location: -35.614501 174.334454
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Physical CharacteristicNgunguru/ Glenbervie recorded 222.5 mm (22.3 cm) of rain from 12am on the 17th to 7:30am on the 21st.

FloodingFlooding at Hikurangi
Map Location: -35.597981 174.28778
Comments:

ImpactFlooding occurred at Hikurangi on the 19th.

Affected LifelineFlooding closed Pigs Head, Marua, Otonga, Jubilee and Whananaki Roads at Hikurangi on the 20th.

Physical CharacteristicThere were 1-metre-deep flood waters on Whananaki Road.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Hokianga Harbour
Map Location: -35.418484 173.422286
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Physical CharacteristicNorth Hokianga recorded 174 mm (17.4 cm) of rain from 12am on the 17th to 7:30am on the 21st.

LandslideLandslide at Kaihu
Map Location: -35.770311 173.700017
Comments:

Affected LifelineState Highway 12 near the top of the Kaihu Hill was blocked by a slip for more than two hours from 1pm on the 20th.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Kaihu River
Map Location: -35.759652 173.67999
Comments:

CommentThe Kaihu Valley was hit hard by flooding and other storm damage.

Affected LifelineMany roads in the area were closed by flood waters, slips or fallen trees.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentThe flooding that occurred at the lower Kaihu River was almost as severe as that of Cyclone Bola.

ImpactKaihu Valley School was closed on the 20th and 21st due to access roads being blocked by flood waters.

CommentThe Kaihu River reached a 15-year high.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Kaikohe
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicKaikohe recorded 97.6 mm (9.8 cm) of rain in the 18 hours from 12am to 6pm on the 20th.

Physical CharacteristicKaikohe recorded 22 mm (2.2 cm) of rain in the hour from 12pm to 1pm on the 20th.

CommentThere was flooding at Kaikohe on the 20th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Kaitaia
Map Location: -35.107541 173.248564
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicKaitaia recorded 165 mm (16.5 cm) of rain from 12am on the 17th to 7:30am on the 21st.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentFlooding was severe in parts of Kaitaia.

EvacueesA number of homes in Kaitaia were evacuated.

ImpactSix homes were flooded when a floodbank collapsed near Rongapai Place on the 20th.

FloodingFlooding at Kawakawa
Map Location: -35.383033 174.058065
Comments:

CommentThere was some flooding around Kawakawa.

Affected LifelineFlood waters and debris entered the pumphouse and intake of Kawakawa's water supply system, putting the treatment plant out of action. Residents were asked to conserve water.

Affected LifelineState Highway 1 was closed between Kawakawa and Moerewa by extensive surface flooding on the 20th. The Kawakawak-Paihia road was temporarily closed.

FloodingFlooding at Kirikopuni
Map Location: -35.84455 174.008588
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Affected LifelineRoads and bridges in the Kirikopuni valley were impassable due to flooding.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Mamaranui
Map Location: -35.836097 173.755573
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Injuries A man was taken to hospital with minor injuries after a falling tree struck his vehicle on State Highway 12 near Mamaranui on the 21st.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

ImpactA teenage boy was rescued from the roof of his car after he drove into a flooded dip on State Highway 12 near Mamaranui around 6:45pm on the 20th. After he was rescued, his car was swept off the road and submerged in flood waters.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard
Comments:

Affected LifelineState Highway 12 at Mamaranui was closed on the morning of the 21st.

FloodingFlooding at Mangakahia River
Map Location: -35.70094 173.951098
Comments:

CommentThe Mangakahia River was in flood and reached a 15-year high.

Affected LifelineRoads and bridges in the Mangakahia valley were impassable due to flooding.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Mangawhai
Map Location: -36.125446 174.565104
Comments:

Property DamageRoofs were blown off in Mangawhai.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Mangonui
Map Location: -34.992391 173.536414
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Affected LifelineState Highway 10 at Mangonui was temporarily closed after a tree came down on the road.

FloodingFlooding at Maungaturoto
Map Location: -36.111743 174.354308
Comments:

Affected LifelineResidents in Maungaturoto were advised to boil their drinking water until further notice.

FloodingFlooding at Moerewa
Map Location: -35.385797 174.010234
Comments:

Affected LifelineMoerewa residents were asked to conserve water after the Kawakawa treatment plant was put out of action.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Ohaeawai
Map Location: -35.35236 173.883747
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Physical CharacteristicOhaeawai recorded 202.5 mm (20.3 cm) of rain from 12am on the 17th to 7:30am on the 21st.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Opouteke
Map Location: -35.697527 173.835595
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Physical CharacteristicOpouteke recorded 211.5 mm (21.2 cm) of rain from 12am on the 17th to 7:30am on the 21st.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Oruru
Map Location: -35.057053 173.503074
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Physical CharacteristicOruru recorded 193 mm (19.3 cm) of rain from 12am on the 17th to 7:30am on the 21st.

FloodingFlooding at Otiria
Map Location: -35.397621 174.297844
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EvacueesFive homes were evacuated at Otiria on the 21st when they were threatened by flood waters.

FloodingFlooding at Paihia
Map Location: -35.284049 174.084489
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Affected LifelineDebris blocked the intake for the Paihia/ Waitangi water scheme. Residents were asked to conserve water.

Maritime / CoastalMaritime / Coastal at Parua Bay
Map Location: -35.768282 174.458587
Comments:

ImpactA yacht slipped its mooring near Parua Bay on the 20th and was driven ashore near Headland Farmpark.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Pataua
Map Location: -35.720005 174.524979
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Property DamageRoofs were blown off or damaged in Pataua North.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Puhipuhi
Map Location: -35.480598 174.26901
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Physical CharacteristicPuhipuhi recorded 240 mm (24.0 cm) of rain from 12am on the 17th to 7:30am on the 21st.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Ruakaka
Map Location: -35.910302 174.453863
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Property DamageRoofs were damaged at Ruakaka.

FloodingFlooding at Taheke
Map Location: -35.461145 173.649552
Comments:

ImpactFloods caused problems at Taheke.

FloodingFlooding at Tangiteroria
Map Location: -35.824775 174.046456
Comments:

CommentThe flooding that occurred at Tangiteroria was almost as severe as that of Cyclone Bola.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
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Affected LifelineState Highway 14 near Tangiteroria was blocked by a huge macrocarpa tree for four hours on the 21st.

FloodingFlooding at Tangowahine
Map Location: -35.867829 173.934219
Comments:

Affected LifelineRoads and bridges in the Tangowahine valley were impassable due to flooding.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Te Kopuru
Map Location: -36.029404 173.906646
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Property DamageAt Te Kopuru, high winds shifted a large shed half a metre off its foundations.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Twin Bridges
Map Location: -35.623968 173.847848
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Physical CharacteristicTwin Bridges recorded almost 195 mm (19.5 cm) of rain from 12am on the 17th to 7:30am on the 21st.

FloodingFlooding at Waihue
Map Location: -35.831792 173.836856
Comments:

Affected LifelineRoads and bridges in the Waihue valley were impassable due to flooding.

FloodingFlooding at Waipu
Map Location: -35.985133 174.45213
Comments:

Affected LifelineFlooding closed Glenmohr and McLeans Roads at Waipu on the 20th.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Waipu Cove
Map Location: -36.0296 174.494131
Comments:

Property DamageRoofs were damaged at Waipu Cove.

FloodingFlooding at Wairua River
Map Location: -35.671406 174.141732
Comments:

CommentThe Wairua River reached a 15-year high.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Whangarei
Map Location: -35.719526 174.297844
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWhangarei recorded 100 mm (10.0 cm) of rain in the 18 hours from 12am to 6pm on the 20th.

Physical CharacteristicWhangarei recorded 193 mm (19.3 cm) of rain from 12am on the 17th to 7:30am on the 21st.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

Affected LifelineFlooding closed Kaka Street on the 20th. Other Whanagrei roads were also flooded.

LandslideLandslide
Comments:

Property DamageA house was pushed from its foundations by a large slip and pushed 20m down a slope in Paranui Valley Road, Tikipunga, just after 10pm on the 20th. The slip also crushed the family's two cars. A house above the landslide had 70 m of their backyard left with a 30-metre drop.

ImpactThe family got out of the house just as mud began oozing in through the windows. The residents of the house at the top of the landslide were advised by police to leave for the night.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

Property DamageA roof was damaged at the Mairtown Kindergarten.

Affected LifelineA branch dropped on the Western Hills Bypass , temporarily blocking two lanes on the 20th.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard
Comments:

ImpactWhangarei Boys High School, Whangarei Girls' High School and Kamo High School closed shortly after midday on the 20th due to threat of gales, heavy rain and flooding.

Maritime / CoastalMaritime / Coastal at Whangarei Harbour
Map Location: -35.803727 174.405129
Comments:

ImpactA kayaker had to be winched to safety from Whangarei Harbour after he ventured out into the heavy seas on the morning of the 20th.

FloodingFlooding at Whangarei Heads
Map Location: -35.813125 174.505465
Comments:

Affected LifelineFlooding closed Whangarei Heads Road on the 20th.

FloodingFlooding at Whirinaki
Map Location: -35.468762 173.454656
Comments:

ImpactFloods caused problems at Whirinaki.

Auckland

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Auckland
Comments:

ImpactPolice had received over 600 calls related to the weather since 4pm on the 20th.

ImpactThere were a couple of minor road accidents in the region.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

CommentHigh easterly winds lashed Auckland.

Property DamageRoofs were lifted.

Affected LifelinePower lines were brought down. Up to 11,000 homes in West Auckland, the North Shore and Wellsford were without power for much of the night of the 20th.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentThere was surface flooding in some places.

ImpactA car crashed on the northern motorway after losing control on the flooded road.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Auckland City
Map Location: -36.852397 174.762337
Comments:

Property DamageA central Auckland roof was blown off in the storm. A claim was made for $159,186 ($190,500 2008 dollars).

Peak Wind SpeedThe Sky Tower recorded a wind gust of 123 km/hr.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Hauraki Gulf
Map Location: -36.626375 174.933275
Comments:

Peak Wind SpeedThe Hauraki Gulf recorded easterly gusts of up to 150 km/hr.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Leigh
Map Location: -36.292125 174.795472
Comments:

CommentRecord rainfall was recorded at the Marine Observatory at Leigh.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Musick Point
Map Location: -36.846864 174.90182
Comments:

Peak Wind SpeedMusick Point recorded peak winds of 124 km/hr.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Northcote
Map Location: -36.814428 174.741753
Comments:

InjuriesA man was severely injured after a tree fell on him in Northcote.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Takapuna
Map Location: -36.787162 174.755633
Comments:

Property DamageA thick 3m panel of glass was punched out of a skylight in a Takapuna shopping centre, showering about 30 people below with glass.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Tiritiri Matangi Island
Map Location: -36.604519 174.895219
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Physical CharacteristicTiritiri Matangi Island recorded wind gusts of 160 km/hr.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Waitemata Harbour
Map Location: -36.831068 174.743854
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWind gusts on the Auckland Harbour Bridge reached 90 km/hr on the afternoon of the 20th.

Affected LifelineDrivers of high-sided vehicles and motorcyclists were warned not to cross the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Maritime / CoastalMaritime / Coastal at Westhaven
Map Location: -36.838276 174.744036
Comments:

ImpactA floating tourist office at Westhaven Marina was flooded and several small boats were blown ashore but not damaged.

Waikato

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Waikato
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain and strong easterly winds battered the Coromandel and Waikato areas on the night of the 20th.

AreaThe storm focused itself on the eastern part of the region: the Thames coast, Te Aroha, Matamata, Tirau, Putaruru and Tokoroa.

DamageThe storm damage was considered to be worse than the aftermath of Cyclone Bola and the floods of 1993.

Affected LifelineSome places on the Coromandel Peninsula had their power cut from about 10pm on the 20th. There were power outages from south of Thames northwards, with over 20,000 homes without electricity. Some of the areas on the coast road worst hit by the storm were still without power on the 22nd and thousands of residents were without power until after the 22nd.

Affected LifelineDamage was done to wastewater and water supply systems, leaving some parts of the Coromandel Peninsula without a water supply. The reservoir emptied on the 21st when the intake was blocked by storm debris. Some of the upper areas were still without water on the 22nd.

Property DamageConsiderable damage was done to private properties. Boats, cars, and caravans were wrecked as torrential rain swept mud and debris through seaside settlements. Buildings were damaged and fences and trees brought down.

Affected LifelineRoads were closed due to flood waters and slips. The coast road, State Highway 25, from Thames to Coromandel was closed from the early hours of the 21st. The road was re-opened at first light on the 22nd, but was still partially blocked by fallen trees, mud slides and downed power poles.

Property DamageA house on the Coromandel Peninsula damaged by the storm made a claim for $163,618 ($195,800 2008 dollars).

Damage CostThe damage was estimated to cost millions.

Insurance ClaimState Insurance had logged 3,700 claims within 12 hours.

InjuriesTwo people were seriously injured.

Damage CostThe Thames-Coromandel District Council's estimated response costs: Thames-Coromandel District Council $562,000 ($669,000 2008 dollars); Environment Waikato $131,000 ($156,000 2008 dollars); Transit NZ $750,000 ($893,000 2008 dollars); House/Property damage $3.1million ($3,690,000 2008 dollars); Total: $5million ($5.4million 2008 dollars).

Damage CostThe South Waikato District Council's estimated response costs: $550,000 mainly for roading ($655,000 2008 dollars); House/Property damage $220,000 ($262,000 2008 dollars); Total $770,000 ($917,000 2008 dollars).

Total DamageThe damage totalled $13 million ($15,480,000 2008 dollars).

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentIntense convective rain led to flooding in the Coromandel.

ImpactPolice were involved in a number of rescues on the Coromandel Peninsula overnight on the 20th.

AreaThe areas or streams affected in the Thames-Coromandel District included: Whangarahi, Tapu, Waiomu, Pohue, Te Puru, Tararu and many more smaller streams along the Thames Coast.

Affected LifelineFlood waters swept over the Thames Coast Road. A police officer travelling on the highway overnight had to abandon his car, and it was last seen with water rising to the level of the windscreen.

ImpactBetween Tararu and Waikawau, 356 properties were inundated.

CommentIt was one of the worst known 'blanket events' to strike the Thames Coast.

Declared EmergencyA Civil Defence State of Emergency was delcared in Thames Coast district, lasting from 3:03am on the 21st to 5:00pm on the 24th.

DamageExtreme damage was done. Silt, dirt and debris from the storm still lined Coromandel streets on 12th July.

CommentIt was estimated to be a 100 year event.

Insurance ClaimInsurance Claims totalled 14,500 as at 2nd August.

Insurance PaymentInsurance payments as at 2nd August were estimated to total $25,000,000 ($29,770,000 2008 dollars).

Declared EmergencyA Civil Defence State of Emergency was delcared in the Putararu and Tirau Wards of the South Waikato District, lasting from 8:00am on the 21st to 5pm on the 23rd.

CommentThe flooding was said to be a 150 year event.

Evacuees200 houses and 500 people were evacuated, including residents from Waikawau, Tapu, Tarau and Te Puru. At least 40 people were evacuated from camping grounds on the Coromandel Peninsula.

Property DamageMore than 350 properties on Coromandel Peninsula suffered water and silt damage.

Affected LifelineThe railway line between Hamilton and Kinleith was washed out south of Tirau.

DamageStream infilling and damage was caused.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain
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Physical CharacteristicMany areas in th Thames-Coromandel District recorded rainfall totals over 100 mm (10.0 cm).

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

Property DamageDozens of houses lost their roofs in Matamata, Thames, Coromandel, Te Aroha, Hamilton and Huntly.

Physical CharacteristicNorth-easterly wind gusts up to 120 km/hr were recorded.

LandslideLandslide
Comments:

Affected LifelineThe Thames Coast road on State Highway 25 was blocked by several slips.

Property DamageAvalanches of mud and debris were swept onto narrow coastal flats, devastating small holiday settlements along State Highway 25.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Coromandel
Map Location: -36.752541 175.509193
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicCoromandel recorded 215.5 mm (21.6 cm) of rain in 24 hours on the 20th.

Physical CharacteristicCoromandel recorded 88.5 mm (8.9 cm) of rain in 90 minutes on the 20th.

Physical CharacteristicCoromandel township recorded 125 mm (12.5 cm) of rain in 25 minutes (unofficial). This had a Return Period well over 150 years.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

Impact50 homes in Coromadel were inundated.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Hamilton
Map Location: -37.780816 175.272836
Comments:

ImpactThere were several minor road accidents around Hamilton.

Affected LifelinePower was cut to some places on the night of the 20th. The power was still off in some areas on the city outskirts on the morning of the 21st.

Peak Wind SpeedHamilton recorded wind gusts of up to 82 km/hr.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicHamilton recorded winds with an average speed of 50 km/hr.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Karapiro
Map Location: -37.918771 175.541899
Comments:

DamageA vehicle hit a tree across the road near Karapiro.

FloodingFlooding at Kauaeranga River
Map Location: -37.080955 175.651918
Comments:

CommentThe Kauaeranga River reached a level equivalent to a 5-year event.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Kinleith
Map Location: -38.283107 175.890294
Comments:

Affected LifelineThe Kinleith branch railway line was closed.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Kopu
Map Location: -37.18383 175.57126
Comments:

ImpactThe traffic lights on the Kopu bridge between Ngatea and Thames were not working on the morning of the 21st.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Matamata
Map Location: -37.806306 175.778708
Comments:

Property DamageHigh winds blew over a silo, power lines and fences around Matamata.

DamageThe countryside was littered with broken trees.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

ImpactFarm paddocks were under water and many shops and houses were flooded.

Affected LifelineThe road between Matamata and Te Poi was closed.

FloodingFlooding at Oraka Stream
Map Location: -38.143209 175.999831
Comments:

CommentThe Oraka Stream reached a level equivalent to a 100-year event.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Paeroa
Map Location: -37.373937 175.671378
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicPaeroa recorded 120 mm (12.0 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

Physical CharacteristicPaeroa recorded 33 mm (3.0 cm) of rain in one hour.

FloodingFlooding at Pokaiwhenua Stream
Map Location: -38.243025 175.97552
Comments:

CommentThe Pokaiwhenua Stream reached a level equivalent to a 100-year event.

FloodingFlooding at Port Charles
Map Location: -36.52518 175.46459
Comments:

Impact23 homes in Port Charles were inundated.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Putaruru
Map Location: -38.054083 175.784529
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicPutaruru recorded over 200 mm (20.0 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

Physical CharacteristicPutaruru recorded 120 mm (12.0 cm) of rain in two hours. This was a 100-year event (Environment Waiakto) or well over a 150-year event (MetService).

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

ImpactThere was heavy flooding in Putaruru, with low-lying areas under water.

Affected LifelinePutaruru was cut off by flooding on the 21st.

Declared EmergencyA state of emergency was declared in Putaruru on the 21st.

ImpactSix schools in Putaruru and Tirau were closed.

EvacueesResidents were evacuated from their homes.

Affected LifelineThere were power outages and a water shortage. The town water supply reservoirs were only 10% full. 18,000 Putaruru and Tirau residents were without water.

ImpactRescue staff had to use a front-end loader to rescue a mother and young baby from a home that was cut off by flood waters.

FloodingFlooding at Tairua River
Map Location: -37.170255 175.742567
Comments:

CommentThe Tairua River reached a level equivalent to a 5-year event.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Tapu
Map Location: -36.984833 175.502244
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicTapu recorded 200 mm (20.0 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

Physical CharacteristicTapu recorded 83 mm (8.3 cm) of rain the hour from 11.30pm on the 20th to 12.30am on the 21st. This was a 100-year event (Environment Waikato) or over a 150-year event (MetService).

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentFlooding was thought to be more serious at the townships of Te Puru, Waiomu and Tapu, north of Thames.

ImpactResidents of Tapu were forced to leave their flooded homes in the early hours of the morning.

FloodingFlooding at Tararu
Map Location: -37.111701 175.512923
Comments:

ImpactResidents of Tararu were forced to leave their flooded homes in the early hours of the morning.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Te Aroha
Map Location: -37.536498 175.715457
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicTe Aroha recorded 157 mm (15.7 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

Physical CharacteristicTe Aroha recorded 97 mm (9.7 cm) of rain in one hour. This was a 100-year event (Environment Waikato) or over a 150-year event (MetService).

FloodingFlooding at Te Puru
Map Location: -37.046216 175.518472
Comments:

CommentFlooding was thought to be more serious at the townships of Te Puru, Waiomu and Tapu, north of Thames.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Thames
Map Location: -37.140988 175.533107
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain hit Thames in two waves overnight on the 20th/21st. The second wave was around 4am.

Physical CharacteristicThames Airfield recorded 45 mm (4.5 cm) of rain in one hour.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

Comment"Horrendous" winds swept the town on the 20th and at times during the night.

Property DamageThe winds ripped the roofs off some buildings in the town.

Peak Wind SpeedThames recorded wind gusts of up to 120 km/hr.

Physical CharacteristicThames recorded winds with an average speed of 70 km/hr.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

ImpactFlood waters washed debris through the town, but the affects were not too serious.

CommentThe Karaka River at Thames reached a level equivalent to a 50-year event.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard
Comments:

Affected LifelineThames and the surrounding area were without power from about 10pm on the 20th.

Affected LifelineSome telephone services in Thames were also disrupted.

Affected LifelineThe town's water supply was disrupted.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Thornton Bay
Map Location: -37.066624 175.51301
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicThorndon Bay recorded 150 mm (15.0 cm) of rain in two hours. This had a Return Period of well over 150 years.

FloodingFlooding at Tirau
Map Location: -37.980454 175.754274
Comments:

CommentThere was heavy flooding in Tirau.

ImpactResidents of Tirau were forced to leave their flooded homes in the early hours of the morning.

ImpactSix schools in Putaruru and Tirau were closed.

Affected LifelineThere were power outages and a water shortage after the water supply was lost. 18,000 Putaruru and Tirau residents were without water. A water supply had to be trucked in to Tirau from Tokoroa.

FloodingFlooding at Tokoroa
Map Location: -38.224845 175.841606
Comments:

Affected LifelineState Highway 32 between Tokoroa and Mangakino was closed.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

Peak Wind SpeedTokoroa recorded wind gusts of up to 80 km/hr.

Physical CharacteristicTokoroa recorded winds with an average speed of 30 km/hr.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Waharoa
Map Location: -37.757683 175.758054
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWaharoa recorded 91 mm (9.1 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

Physical CharacteristicWaharoa recorded 74 mm (7.4 cm) of rain in the hour from 12:45am to 1:45am on the 21st. This was a 100-year event.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Waiomu
Map Location: -37.026591 175.509342
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWaiomu recorded 160 mm (16.0 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

Physical CharacteristicWaiomu recorded 31 mm (3.1 cm) of rain in 15 minutes. This had a Return Period of 140 years.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentFlooding was thought to be more serious at the townships of Te Puru, Waiomu and Tapu, north of Thames.

ImpactWaiomu Stream burst its banks on the night of the 20th, swamping Waiomu Holiday Park. Caravans were swept around like toys.

CasualtiesA 65-year-old woman was drowned after being swept out to sea by flood waters from Waiomu Holiday Park at about 1am on the 21st. Her and her husband had awoken to find their caravan surrounded by the flood waters, and tried to escape.

Peak Water LevelThe flood waters peaked at 1.5 m.

InjuriesA person was injured at Waiomu.

FloodingFlooding at Waitoa River
Map Location: -37.871372 175.735786
Comments:

CommentThe Waitoa River reached a level equivalent to a 20-year event.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Wharepoa
Map Location: -37.268304 175.621145
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWharepoa recorded 114 mm (11.4 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

Physical CharacteristicWharepoa recorded 60 mm (6.0 cm) of rain in the hour from 12am to 1am on the 21st. This was a 100-year event.

Bay of Plenty

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Bay of Plenty
Comments:

Affected LifelineLarge parts of the region were without power overnight.

FloodingFlooding at Mamaku
Map Location: -38.090145 176.078563
Comments:

Affected LifelineState Highway 5 at Mamaku was closed by flooding.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Rotorua
Map Location: -38.140434 176.262282
Comments:

DamageWind damage was reported in Rotorua.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Tauranga
Map Location: -37.679532 176.173022
Comments:

DamageWind damage was reported in Tauranga.

Maritime / CoastalMaritime / Coastal at Whakatane
Map Location: -37.967356 176.992417
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicThe storm caused a 1-metre-high swell in the harbour at Whakatane.

DamageThe Whakatane harbourmaster's boat sank at its mooring early on the morning of the 21st. Ten other boats were also damaged.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

DamageHigh winds blew down trees and powerlines in the Whakatane district.

Property DamageA couple of houses lost their roofs.

Manawatu-Wanganui

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Manawatu-Wanganui
Comments:

Property DamageInsurance claims for property damage stretched to south of Palmerston North.

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Headline: State of civil emergency extended in Coromandel.
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Headline: Winter's 'bomb' drenches north…but work goes on.
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Headline: Hard line on insurance adds to storm's impact.
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Headline: Storm cleanup to cost millions.
The Waikato Times, 22 June 2002.

ExtremeJune 2002 Upper North Island Weather Bomb ( 2002-06-18 )

150 years

A weather bomb brought heavy rain, flooding and high winds and high seas to much of the upper North Island. A State of Emergency was declared in two parts of the Waikato and much damage was done to public and private property. A woman drowned in the Coromandel and three people were injured in separate incidents.

North Island

Multi HazardMulti Hazard
Duration:   4  days - From the 18th to the 21st of June.
Comments:

CauseA weather bomb. An explosively-deepening depression passed to the west of Coromandel Peninsula. Strong convection that was not well-predicted affected a small part of Coromandel Peninsula, causing extreme damage. A sharp upper trough moved across the north Tasman Sea with a negative tilt near northern New Zealand. Subtropical air moved down a moist conveyor into the low, overriding cool air from around a high to the south.

CommentThe MetService issued Heavy Rain Warnings and Strong Wind Warnings for Auckland, Northland, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato and Bay of Plenty.

CommentParts of the North Island took a battering from Gale-force winds and driving rain on the 20th.

ImpactIn the 12 hours from 6:30pm on the 20th, the Fire Service's Northern Communications Centre (for the area north of Turangi) received 658 calls. By mid-afternoon on the 21st it had handled nearly 300 more calls.

Affected Lifeline125,000 people were without power. The United Networks power company reported that 26,000 homes were without power from Coromandel Peninsula to Rotorua and Tauranga. Power was expected to be restored to most by midday on the 21st.

Property DamageOver 500 properties were affected. Insurance claims spread from Northland to south of Palmerston North, the largest number coming from the Thames-Coromandel District. The claims were mainly for cars which had been flooded and for extensive water and wind damage to homes. In some of the most serious cases, roofs were torn off and rain then drove into the buildings, destroying interiors.

Affected LifelineAbout 500 households in Thames-Coromandel, South Waikato and West Auckland still without hot water on the 25th.

Insurance Claim14,500 insurance claims had been received by 2nd August.

Insurance PaymentInsurance payouts totalled $21.5 million ($25,600,000 2008 dollars).

Heavy RainHeavy Rain
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicRainfall totalling 160-210 mm (16.0-21.0 cm) occurred throughout Northland, north Auckland and the Coromandel.

CommentThe worst of the rain had left the upper North Island on the 21st.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentExtensive flooding occurred in the upper North Island on the 20th.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

Property DamageGale force east to north-east winds damaged property in Auckland and Waikato. Roofs were lifted and windows and walls were blown out.

Northland

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Northland
Comments:

Affected LifelineViolent winds and heavy rain left thousands of people without power and water.

DamageSome buildings were damaged by the winds and rain on the 20th and 21st. There were many instances of property damage in the Kaipara District.

Affected LifelineThroughout the Kaipara District, roads were flooded, slips came down and bridges were impassable. Many roads were closed.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain
Comments:

CommentThe storm brought widespread rain to much of Northland, dumping a month's worth of rainfall on the region in four days.

Physical CharacteristicNorthland received up to 80 mm (8.0 cm) of rain on the 19th.

Physical CharacteristicNorthland recorded an average of 71 mm (7.1 cm) of rain in the 24 hours to 12pm on the 19th.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicSome river levels had risen several metres after the rain on the 19th.

ImpactFlood waters had to be pumped out of two basements in the Far North on the 19th.

ImpactOn the 19th, there was minor surface flooding on paddocks and rural roads.

Affected LifelineMost of the worst flooding on roads on the 20th coincided with the high tide shortly before 4pm, and most were clear again by late evening. The Kaipara Coast highway was flooded.

ImpactMost schools in Whangarei, Kawakawa, Ruakaka, Waipu, Dargaville, Kaikohe and Kaitaia closed early on the 20th so buses could get children home before flooding met the mid-afternoon high tide.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

DamageNorthland suffered from wind damage, with trees down in many areas.

Affected LifelineWinds brought down power lines or felled trees on to power lines in Whangarei, Ruakaka, Maungaturoto, Dargaville and Ruawai. Power was cut to thousands of consumers, although only for a couple of hours in many cases. About 60 homes north of Dargaville were without power on the morning of the 21st. There were also intermittent telephone outages.

Peak Wind SpeedWinds gusted to 115 km/hr in Northland on the 20th.

LandslideLandslide
Comments:

Affected LifelineThere were slips on roads throughout upper Northland.

LandslideLandslide at Brynderwyn
Map Location: -36.096298 174.430067
Comments:

Affected LifelineThere was a slip on State Highway 1 on the southern side of the Brynderwyns, but the road was not closed.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Dargaville
Map Location: -35.944137 173.869958
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicDaragville recorded 133.5 mm (13.4 cm) of rain rom 12am on the 17th to 7:30am on the 21st.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentThe Wairoa River was swollen.

ImpactThe Kaumatua Flats at Te Houhanga Marae on Station Road were surrounded by flood waters on the 21st. An elderly woman in a wheelchair had to be rescued

Maritime / CoastalMaritime / Coastal
Comments:

CommentThere were high, wind-driven tides at Dargaville on the weekend (22nd-23rd).

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Glenbervie Forest
Map Location: -35.614501 174.334454
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicNgunguru/ Glenbervie recorded 222.5 mm (22.3 cm) of rain from 12am on the 17th to 7:30am on the 21st.

FloodingFlooding at Hikurangi
Map Location: -35.597981 174.28778
Comments:

ImpactFlooding occurred at Hikurangi on the 19th.

Affected LifelineFlooding closed Pigs Head, Marua, Otonga, Jubilee and Whananaki Roads at Hikurangi on the 20th.

Physical CharacteristicThere were 1-metre-deep flood waters on Whananaki Road.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Hokianga Harbour
Map Location: -35.418484 173.422286
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicNorth Hokianga recorded 174 mm (17.4 cm) of rain from 12am on the 17th to 7:30am on the 21st.

LandslideLandslide at Kaihu
Map Location: -35.770311 173.700017
Comments:

Affected LifelineState Highway 12 near the top of the Kaihu Hill was blocked by a slip for more than two hours from 1pm on the 20th.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Kaihu River
Map Location: -35.759652 173.67999
Comments:

CommentThe Kaihu Valley was hit hard by flooding and other storm damage.

Affected LifelineMany roads in the area were closed by flood waters, slips or fallen trees.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentThe flooding that occurred at the lower Kaihu River was almost as severe as that of Cyclone Bola.

ImpactKaihu Valley School was closed on the 20th and 21st due to access roads being blocked by flood waters.

CommentThe Kaihu River reached a 15-year high.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Kaikohe
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicKaikohe recorded 97.6 mm (9.8 cm) of rain in the 18 hours from 12am to 6pm on the 20th.

Physical CharacteristicKaikohe recorded 22 mm (2.2 cm) of rain in the hour from 12pm to 1pm on the 20th.

CommentThere was flooding at Kaikohe on the 20th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Kaitaia
Map Location: -35.107541 173.248564
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicKaitaia recorded 165 mm (16.5 cm) of rain from 12am on the 17th to 7:30am on the 21st.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentFlooding was severe in parts of Kaitaia.

EvacueesA number of homes in Kaitaia were evacuated.

ImpactSix homes were flooded when a floodbank collapsed near Rongapai Place on the 20th.

FloodingFlooding at Kawakawa
Map Location: -35.383033 174.058065
Comments:

CommentThere was some flooding around Kawakawa.

Affected LifelineFlood waters and debris entered the pumphouse and intake of Kawakawa's water supply system, putting the treatment plant out of action. Residents were asked to conserve water.

Affected LifelineState Highway 1 was closed between Kawakawa and Moerewa by extensive surface flooding on the 20th. The Kawakawak-Paihia road was temporarily closed.

FloodingFlooding at Kirikopuni
Map Location: -35.84455 174.008588
Comments:

Affected LifelineRoads and bridges in the Kirikopuni valley were impassable due to flooding.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Mamaranui
Map Location: -35.836097 173.755573
Comments:

Injuries A man was taken to hospital with minor injuries after a falling tree struck his vehicle on State Highway 12 near Mamaranui on the 21st.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

ImpactA teenage boy was rescued from the roof of his car after he drove into a flooded dip on State Highway 12 near Mamaranui around 6:45pm on the 20th. After he was rescued, his car was swept off the road and submerged in flood waters.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard
Comments:

Affected LifelineState Highway 12 at Mamaranui was closed on the morning of the 21st.

FloodingFlooding at Mangakahia River
Map Location: -35.70094 173.951098
Comments:

CommentThe Mangakahia River was in flood and reached a 15-year high.

Affected LifelineRoads and bridges in the Mangakahia valley were impassable due to flooding.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Mangawhai
Map Location: -36.125446 174.565104
Comments:

Property DamageRoofs were blown off in Mangawhai.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Mangonui
Map Location: -34.992391 173.536414
Comments:

Affected LifelineState Highway 10 at Mangonui was temporarily closed after a tree came down on the road.

FloodingFlooding at Maungaturoto
Map Location: -36.111743 174.354308
Comments:

Affected LifelineResidents in Maungaturoto were advised to boil their drinking water until further notice.

FloodingFlooding at Moerewa
Map Location: -35.385797 174.010234
Comments:

Affected LifelineMoerewa residents were asked to conserve water after the Kawakawa treatment plant was put out of action.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Ohaeawai
Map Location: -35.35236 173.883747
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicOhaeawai recorded 202.5 mm (20.3 cm) of rain from 12am on the 17th to 7:30am on the 21st.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Opouteke
Map Location: -35.697527 173.835595
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicOpouteke recorded 211.5 mm (21.2 cm) of rain from 12am on the 17th to 7:30am on the 21st.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Oruru
Map Location: -35.057053 173.503074
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicOruru recorded 193 mm (19.3 cm) of rain from 12am on the 17th to 7:30am on the 21st.

FloodingFlooding at Otiria
Map Location: -35.397621 174.297844
Comments:

EvacueesFive homes were evacuated at Otiria on the 21st when they were threatened by flood waters.

FloodingFlooding at Paihia
Map Location: -35.284049 174.084489
Comments:

Affected LifelineDebris blocked the intake for the Paihia/ Waitangi water scheme. Residents were asked to conserve water.

Maritime / CoastalMaritime / Coastal at Parua Bay
Map Location: -35.768282 174.458587
Comments:

ImpactA yacht slipped its mooring near Parua Bay on the 20th and was driven ashore near Headland Farmpark.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Pataua
Map Location: -35.720005 174.524979
Comments:

Property DamageRoofs were blown off or damaged in Pataua North.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Puhipuhi
Map Location: -35.480598 174.26901
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicPuhipuhi recorded 240 mm (24.0 cm) of rain from 12am on the 17th to 7:30am on the 21st.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Ruakaka
Map Location: -35.910302 174.453863
Comments:

Property DamageRoofs were damaged at Ruakaka.

FloodingFlooding at Taheke
Map Location: -35.461145 173.649552
Comments:

ImpactFloods caused problems at Taheke.

FloodingFlooding at Tangiteroria
Map Location: -35.824775 174.046456
Comments:

CommentThe flooding that occurred at Tangiteroria was almost as severe as that of Cyclone Bola.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

Affected LifelineState Highway 14 near Tangiteroria was blocked by a huge macrocarpa tree for four hours on the 21st.

FloodingFlooding at Tangowahine
Map Location: -35.867829 173.934219
Comments:

Affected LifelineRoads and bridges in the Tangowahine valley were impassable due to flooding.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Te Kopuru
Map Location: -36.029404 173.906646
Comments:

Property DamageAt Te Kopuru, high winds shifted a large shed half a metre off its foundations.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Twin Bridges
Map Location: -35.623968 173.847848
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicTwin Bridges recorded almost 195 mm (19.5 cm) of rain from 12am on the 17th to 7:30am on the 21st.

FloodingFlooding at Waihue
Map Location: -35.831792 173.836856
Comments:

Affected LifelineRoads and bridges in the Waihue valley were impassable due to flooding.

FloodingFlooding at Waipu
Map Location: -35.985133 174.45213
Comments:

Affected LifelineFlooding closed Glenmohr and McLeans Roads at Waipu on the 20th.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Waipu Cove
Map Location: -36.0296 174.494131
Comments:

Property DamageRoofs were damaged at Waipu Cove.

FloodingFlooding at Wairua River
Map Location: -35.671406 174.141732
Comments:

CommentThe Wairua River reached a 15-year high.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Whangarei
Map Location: -35.719526 174.297844
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWhangarei recorded 100 mm (10.0 cm) of rain in the 18 hours from 12am to 6pm on the 20th.

Physical CharacteristicWhangarei recorded 193 mm (19.3 cm) of rain from 12am on the 17th to 7:30am on the 21st.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

Affected LifelineFlooding closed Kaka Street on the 20th. Other Whanagrei roads were also flooded.

LandslideLandslide
Comments:

Property DamageA house was pushed from its foundations by a large slip and pushed 20m down a slope in Paranui Valley Road, Tikipunga, just after 10pm on the 20th. The slip also crushed the family's two cars. A house above the landslide had 70 m of their backyard left with a 30-metre drop.

ImpactThe family got out of the house just as mud began oozing in through the windows. The residents of the house at the top of the landslide were advised by police to leave for the night.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

Property DamageA roof was damaged at the Mairtown Kindergarten.

Affected LifelineA branch dropped on the Western Hills Bypass , temporarily blocking two lanes on the 20th.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard
Comments:

ImpactWhangarei Boys High School, Whangarei Girls' High School and Kamo High School closed shortly after midday on the 20th due to threat of gales, heavy rain and flooding.

Maritime / CoastalMaritime / Coastal at Whangarei Harbour
Map Location: -35.803727 174.405129
Comments:

ImpactA kayaker had to be winched to safety from Whangarei Harbour after he ventured out into the heavy seas on the morning of the 20th.

FloodingFlooding at Whangarei Heads
Map Location: -35.813125 174.505465
Comments:

Affected LifelineFlooding closed Whangarei Heads Road on the 20th.

FloodingFlooding at Whirinaki
Map Location: -35.468762 173.454656
Comments:

ImpactFloods caused problems at Whirinaki.

Auckland

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Auckland
Comments:

ImpactPolice had received over 600 calls related to the weather since 4pm on the 20th.

ImpactThere were a couple of minor road accidents in the region.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

CommentHigh easterly winds lashed Auckland.

Property DamageRoofs were lifted.

Affected LifelinePower lines were brought down. Up to 11,000 homes in West Auckland, the North Shore and Wellsford were without power for much of the night of the 20th.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentThere was surface flooding in some places.

ImpactA car crashed on the northern motorway after losing control on the flooded road.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Auckland City
Map Location: -36.852397 174.762337
Comments:

Property DamageA central Auckland roof was blown off in the storm. A claim was made for $159,186 ($190,500 2008 dollars).

Peak Wind SpeedThe Sky Tower recorded a wind gust of 123 km/hr.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Hauraki Gulf
Map Location: -36.626375 174.933275
Comments:

Peak Wind SpeedThe Hauraki Gulf recorded easterly gusts of up to 150 km/hr.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Leigh
Map Location: -36.292125 174.795472
Comments:

CommentRecord rainfall was recorded at the Marine Observatory at Leigh.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Musick Point
Map Location: -36.846864 174.90182
Comments:

Peak Wind SpeedMusick Point recorded peak winds of 124 km/hr.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Northcote
Map Location: -36.814428 174.741753
Comments:

InjuriesA man was severely injured after a tree fell on him in Northcote.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Takapuna
Map Location: -36.787162 174.755633
Comments:

Property DamageA thick 3m panel of glass was punched out of a skylight in a Takapuna shopping centre, showering about 30 people below with glass.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Tiritiri Matangi Island
Map Location: -36.604519 174.895219
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicTiritiri Matangi Island recorded wind gusts of 160 km/hr.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Waitemata Harbour
Map Location: -36.831068 174.743854
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWind gusts on the Auckland Harbour Bridge reached 90 km/hr on the afternoon of the 20th.

Affected LifelineDrivers of high-sided vehicles and motorcyclists were warned not to cross the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Maritime / CoastalMaritime / Coastal at Westhaven
Map Location: -36.838276 174.744036
Comments:

ImpactA floating tourist office at Westhaven Marina was flooded and several small boats were blown ashore but not damaged.

Waikato

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Waikato
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain and strong easterly winds battered the Coromandel and Waikato areas on the night of the 20th.

AreaThe storm focused itself on the eastern part of the region: the Thames coast, Te Aroha, Matamata, Tirau, Putaruru and Tokoroa.

DamageThe storm damage was considered to be worse than the aftermath of Cyclone Bola and the floods of 1993.

Affected LifelineSome places on the Coromandel Peninsula had their power cut from about 10pm on the 20th. There were power outages from south of Thames northwards, with over 20,000 homes without electricity. Some of the areas on the coast road worst hit by the storm were still without power on the 22nd and thousands of residents were without power until after the 22nd.

Affected LifelineDamage was done to wastewater and water supply systems, leaving some parts of the Coromandel Peninsula without a water supply. The reservoir emptied on the 21st when the intake was blocked by storm debris. Some of the upper areas were still without water on the 22nd.

Property DamageConsiderable damage was done to private properties. Boats, cars, and caravans were wrecked as torrential rain swept mud and debris through seaside settlements. Buildings were damaged and fences and trees brought down.

Affected LifelineRoads were closed due to flood waters and slips. The coast road, State Highway 25, from Thames to Coromandel was closed from the early hours of the 21st. The road was re-opened at first light on the 22nd, but was still partially blocked by fallen trees, mud slides and downed power poles.

Property DamageA house on the Coromandel Peninsula damaged by the storm made a claim for $163,618 ($195,800 2008 dollars).

Damage CostThe damage was estimated to cost millions.

Insurance ClaimState Insurance had logged 3,700 claims within 12 hours.

InjuriesTwo people were seriously injured.

Damage CostThe Thames-Coromandel District Council's estimated response costs: Thames-Coromandel District Council $562,000 ($669,000 2008 dollars); Environment Waikato $131,000 ($156,000 2008 dollars); Transit NZ $750,000 ($893,000 2008 dollars); House/Property damage $3.1million ($3,690,000 2008 dollars); Total: $5million ($5.4million 2008 dollars).

Damage CostThe South Waikato District Council's estimated response costs: $550,000 mainly for roading ($655,000 2008 dollars); House/Property damage $220,000 ($262,000 2008 dollars); Total $770,000 ($917,000 2008 dollars).

Total DamageThe damage totalled $13 million ($15,480,000 2008 dollars).

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentIntense convective rain led to flooding in the Coromandel.

ImpactPolice were involved in a number of rescues on the Coromandel Peninsula overnight on the 20th.

AreaThe areas or streams affected in the Thames-Coromandel District included: Whangarahi, Tapu, Waiomu, Pohue, Te Puru, Tararu and many more smaller streams along the Thames Coast.

Affected LifelineFlood waters swept over the Thames Coast Road. A police officer travelling on the highway overnight had to abandon his car, and it was last seen with water rising to the level of the windscreen.

ImpactBetween Tararu and Waikawau, 356 properties were inundated.

CommentIt was one of the worst known 'blanket events' to strike the Thames Coast.

Declared EmergencyA Civil Defence State of Emergency was delcared in Thames Coast district, lasting from 3:03am on the 21st to 5:00pm on the 24th.

DamageExtreme damage was done. Silt, dirt and debris from the storm still lined Coromandel streets on 12th July.

CommentIt was estimated to be a 100 year event.

Insurance ClaimInsurance Claims totalled 14,500 as at 2nd August.

Insurance PaymentInsurance payments as at 2nd August were estimated to total $25,000,000 ($29,770,000 2008 dollars).

Declared EmergencyA Civil Defence State of Emergency was delcared in the Putararu and Tirau Wards of the South Waikato District, lasting from 8:00am on the 21st to 5pm on the 23rd.

CommentThe flooding was said to be a 150 year event.

Evacuees200 houses and 500 people were evacuated, including residents from Waikawau, Tapu, Tarau and Te Puru. At least 40 people were evacuated from camping grounds on the Coromandel Peninsula.

Property DamageMore than 350 properties on Coromandel Peninsula suffered water and silt damage.

Affected LifelineThe railway line between Hamilton and Kinleith was washed out south of Tirau.

DamageStream infilling and damage was caused.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicMany areas in th Thames-Coromandel District recorded rainfall totals over 100 mm (10.0 cm).

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

Property DamageDozens of houses lost their roofs in Matamata, Thames, Coromandel, Te Aroha, Hamilton and Huntly.

Physical CharacteristicNorth-easterly wind gusts up to 120 km/hr were recorded.

LandslideLandslide
Comments:

Affected LifelineThe Thames Coast road on State Highway 25 was blocked by several slips.

Property DamageAvalanches of mud and debris were swept onto narrow coastal flats, devastating small holiday settlements along State Highway 25.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Coromandel
Map Location: -36.752541 175.509193
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicCoromandel recorded 215.5 mm (21.6 cm) of rain in 24 hours on the 20th.

Physical CharacteristicCoromandel recorded 88.5 mm (8.9 cm) of rain in 90 minutes on the 20th.

Physical CharacteristicCoromandel township recorded 125 mm (12.5 cm) of rain in 25 minutes (unofficial). This had a Return Period well over 150 years.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

Impact50 homes in Coromadel were inundated.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Hamilton
Map Location: -37.780816 175.272836
Comments:

ImpactThere were several minor road accidents around Hamilton.

Affected LifelinePower was cut to some places on the night of the 20th. The power was still off in some areas on the city outskirts on the morning of the 21st.

Peak Wind SpeedHamilton recorded wind gusts of up to 82 km/hr.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicHamilton recorded winds with an average speed of 50 km/hr.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Karapiro
Map Location: -37.918771 175.541899
Comments:

DamageA vehicle hit a tree across the road near Karapiro.

FloodingFlooding at Kauaeranga River
Map Location: -37.080955 175.651918
Comments:

CommentThe Kauaeranga River reached a level equivalent to a 5-year event.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Kinleith
Map Location: -38.283107 175.890294
Comments:

Affected LifelineThe Kinleith branch railway line was closed.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Kopu
Map Location: -37.18383 175.57126
Comments:

ImpactThe traffic lights on the Kopu bridge between Ngatea and Thames were not working on the morning of the 21st.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Matamata
Map Location: -37.806306 175.778708
Comments:

Property DamageHigh winds blew over a silo, power lines and fences around Matamata.

DamageThe countryside was littered with broken trees.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

ImpactFarm paddocks were under water and many shops and houses were flooded.

Affected LifelineThe road between Matamata and Te Poi was closed.

FloodingFlooding at Oraka Stream
Map Location: -38.143209 175.999831
Comments:

CommentThe Oraka Stream reached a level equivalent to a 100-year event.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Paeroa
Map Location: -37.373937 175.671378
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicPaeroa recorded 120 mm (12.0 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

Physical CharacteristicPaeroa recorded 33 mm (3.0 cm) of rain in one hour.

FloodingFlooding at Pokaiwhenua Stream
Map Location: -38.243025 175.97552
Comments:

CommentThe Pokaiwhenua Stream reached a level equivalent to a 100-year event.

FloodingFlooding at Port Charles
Map Location: -36.52518 175.46459
Comments:

Impact23 homes in Port Charles were inundated.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Putaruru
Map Location: -38.054083 175.784529
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicPutaruru recorded over 200 mm (20.0 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

Physical CharacteristicPutaruru recorded 120 mm (12.0 cm) of rain in two hours. This was a 100-year event (Environment Waiakto) or well over a 150-year event (MetService).

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

ImpactThere was heavy flooding in Putaruru, with low-lying areas under water.

Affected LifelinePutaruru was cut off by flooding on the 21st.

Declared EmergencyA state of emergency was declared in Putaruru on the 21st.

ImpactSix schools in Putaruru and Tirau were closed.

EvacueesResidents were evacuated from their homes.

Affected LifelineThere were power outages and a water shortage. The town water supply reservoirs were only 10% full. 18,000 Putaruru and Tirau residents were without water.

ImpactRescue staff had to use a front-end loader to rescue a mother and young baby from a home that was cut off by flood waters.

FloodingFlooding at Tairua River
Map Location: -37.170255 175.742567
Comments:

CommentThe Tairua River reached a level equivalent to a 5-year event.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Tapu
Map Location: -36.984833 175.502244
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicTapu recorded 200 mm (20.0 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

Physical CharacteristicTapu recorded 83 mm (8.3 cm) of rain the hour from 11.30pm on the 20th to 12.30am on the 21st. This was a 100-year event (Environment Waikato) or over a 150-year event (MetService).

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentFlooding was thought to be more serious at the townships of Te Puru, Waiomu and Tapu, north of Thames.

ImpactResidents of Tapu were forced to leave their flooded homes in the early hours of the morning.

FloodingFlooding at Tararu
Map Location: -37.111701 175.512923
Comments:

ImpactResidents of Tararu were forced to leave their flooded homes in the early hours of the morning.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Te Aroha
Map Location: -37.536498 175.715457
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicTe Aroha recorded 157 mm (15.7 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

Physical CharacteristicTe Aroha recorded 97 mm (9.7 cm) of rain in one hour. This was a 100-year event (Environment Waikato) or over a 150-year event (MetService).

FloodingFlooding at Te Puru
Map Location: -37.046216 175.518472
Comments:

CommentFlooding was thought to be more serious at the townships of Te Puru, Waiomu and Tapu, north of Thames.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Thames
Map Location: -37.140988 175.533107
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain hit Thames in two waves overnight on the 20th/21st. The second wave was around 4am.

Physical CharacteristicThames Airfield recorded 45 mm (4.5 cm) of rain in one hour.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

Comment"Horrendous" winds swept the town on the 20th and at times during the night.

Property DamageThe winds ripped the roofs off some buildings in the town.

Peak Wind SpeedThames recorded wind gusts of up to 120 km/hr.

Physical CharacteristicThames recorded winds with an average speed of 70 km/hr.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

ImpactFlood waters washed debris through the town, but the affects were not too serious.

CommentThe Karaka River at Thames reached a level equivalent to a 50-year event.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard
Comments:

Affected LifelineThames and the surrounding area were without power from about 10pm on the 20th.

Affected LifelineSome telephone services in Thames were also disrupted.

Affected LifelineThe town's water supply was disrupted.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Thornton Bay
Map Location: -37.066624 175.51301
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicThorndon Bay recorded 150 mm (15.0 cm) of rain in two hours. This had a Return Period of well over 150 years.

FloodingFlooding at Tirau
Map Location: -37.980454 175.754274
Comments:

CommentThere was heavy flooding in Tirau.

ImpactResidents of Tirau were forced to leave their flooded homes in the early hours of the morning.

ImpactSix schools in Putaruru and Tirau were closed.

Affected LifelineThere were power outages and a water shortage after the water supply was lost. 18,000 Putaruru and Tirau residents were without water. A water supply had to be trucked in to Tirau from Tokoroa.

FloodingFlooding at Tokoroa
Map Location: -38.224845 175.841606
Comments:

Affected LifelineState Highway 32 between Tokoroa and Mangakino was closed.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

Peak Wind SpeedTokoroa recorded wind gusts of up to 80 km/hr.

Physical CharacteristicTokoroa recorded winds with an average speed of 30 km/hr.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Waharoa
Map Location: -37.757683 175.758054
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWaharoa recorded 91 mm (9.1 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

Physical CharacteristicWaharoa recorded 74 mm (7.4 cm) of rain in the hour from 12:45am to 1:45am on the 21st. This was a 100-year event.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Waiomu
Map Location: -37.026591 175.509342
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWaiomu recorded 160 mm (16.0 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

Physical CharacteristicWaiomu recorded 31 mm (3.1 cm) of rain in 15 minutes. This had a Return Period of 140 years.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentFlooding was thought to be more serious at the townships of Te Puru, Waiomu and Tapu, north of Thames.

ImpactWaiomu Stream burst its banks on the night of the 20th, swamping Waiomu Holiday Park. Caravans were swept around like toys.

CasualtiesA 65-year-old woman was drowned after being swept out to sea by flood waters from Waiomu Holiday Park at about 1am on the 21st. Her and her husband had awoken to find their caravan surrounded by the flood waters, and tried to escape.

Peak Water LevelThe flood waters peaked at 1.5 m.

InjuriesA person was injured at Waiomu.

FloodingFlooding at Waitoa River
Map Location: -37.871372 175.735786
Comments:

CommentThe Waitoa River reached a level equivalent to a 20-year event.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Wharepoa
Map Location: -37.268304 175.621145
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWharepoa recorded 114 mm (11.4 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

Physical CharacteristicWharepoa recorded 60 mm (6.0 cm) of rain in the hour from 12am to 1am on the 21st. This was a 100-year event.

Bay of Plenty

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Bay of Plenty
Comments:

Affected LifelineLarge parts of the region were without power overnight.

FloodingFlooding at Mamaku
Map Location: -38.090145 176.078563
Comments:

Affected LifelineState Highway 5 at Mamaku was closed by flooding.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Rotorua
Map Location: -38.140434 176.262282
Comments:

DamageWind damage was reported in Rotorua.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Tauranga
Map Location: -37.679532 176.173022
Comments:

DamageWind damage was reported in Tauranga.

Maritime / CoastalMaritime / Coastal at Whakatane
Map Location: -37.967356 176.992417
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicThe storm caused a 1-metre-high swell in the harbour at Whakatane.

DamageThe Whakatane harbourmaster's boat sank at its mooring early on the morning of the 21st. Ten other boats were also damaged.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

DamageHigh winds blew down trees and powerlines in the Whakatane district.

Property DamageA couple of houses lost their roofs.

Manawatu-Wanganui

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Manawatu-Wanganui
Comments:

Property DamageInsurance claims for property damage stretched to south of Palmerston North.

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