Written by on November 11, 2022

Here is our latest update at 3:30PM


Road Closures


SH25 Hikuai to Tairua due to flooding near the one lane bridge

SH25 Hikuai to Whangamata due to a slip 1km north of McBeth Road

Hikuai Settlement Road closed due to several areas of flooding

Kennedy Bay Rd is closed from Driving Creek Rd due to a large slip

Waikawau Beach Rd is closed due to surface flooding near the 1km east of the Port Charles intersection.

Wentworth Valley Rd is closed due to surface flooding

Albert Street Bridge has been closed in Coromandel Town and according to TCDC will remain closed till Monday when it will be reassessed


Slips with Traffic Management

SH25 Kuaotunu to Whitianga. Due to a slip south of Waitaia Rd caution is advised


We understand that previous closures of SH25 between Whitianga and Kaimarama has reopened after flooding across the road.


Power Outages

Paeroa with 285 properties and this is under investigation

Te Aroha with 65 properties out

Te Aroha West 377 properties are off the grid

Manawaru with 20 properties remaining off the grid



Pinnacles has received 194mm in the last 24 hours

Whitianga 78.4mm and expecting now 106.2mm

Whangamata 128.5mm

Coromandel Town 93mm

Pauanui 129mm

Kuaotunu 150.6mm


A number of schools and businesses closed early due to flooding. Special thoughts for Hikuai School who are celebrating their 125th Jubilee and will ne open tomorrow for anyone to pop in and see their history display.



Update at 12:00

Flooding is across SH25 with reports of about 10cm of water near Wade Rd. Water is across the road on the south end of Wharekaho Beach and caution is advised. Also been advised water is across the road on Waikawau Beach Rd and that is likely to close. There is also flooding in several places around Coromandel. TCDC Civil Defence Controller Garry Towler is recommending that you should stay home and hunker down for the day. The Pinnacles have recorded 122mm of rain so far today and this will be heading down through various rivers and this could lead to flooding near the Hikuai one lane bridge.

We also have a report of a slip on the Whangamata to Hikuai Rd about 1km from McBeth Rd SH25. We have been told the road is no longer passable.

Hikuai School is having an early finish today. They have decided that due to the likelihood of flooding the bus will now pick up the learners at 12 today. The school is celebrating is jubilee over the week and the Principal will be at the school tomorrow for anyone who wants to drop by for a cuppa and check the history trail.

Rainfalls in Whitianga shows MetService reporting 71.6mm and are expecting this total to double before the end of today. Whangamata Personal weather stations now showing similar levels and Pauanui is up to 110mm .

PowerCo advise crews are working on the large outage in Coromandel. Access issues because of flooding are hampering efforts to restore power to more than 2,000 customers on the Coromandel Peninsula following strong winds and heavy rain.

A total of 2,967 customers lost power at 7.50am. While almost 1,000 customers had power restored within several minutes, crews are working to access the suspected fault site so power can be restored to the remaining 2,033 customers.

Crews will work throughout the day to restore power as quickly and safely as possible, she says.

The fault was caused by trees in lines from the high winds. Outages in Thames and Ngatea are still be worked on.

If you have any information or pictures send them through to [email protected] .nz or via messenger or call us with reports on 07 280 0540.

Updates are live on air every 30 minutes during the duration of the weather warning. Only on Coromandel’s CFM.


Update at 10am
At 10am this morning 59.8mm have fallen in Whitianga and MetService say expect 146mm to fall before this event passes. The latest update is through me MetService and the Warning has been extended through to 9pm this evening. The full details follow this update.
Private weather stations are reporting rainfall totals ranging from 33mm in Whangamata to 62.5mm in Coromandel Town, 97.5mm in Pauanui and one station recording 145mm in Kuaotunu.
Flood water is across the road on SH25 Simpsons beach (See Video below) and is across the road but passable south of Whitianga by Wade Rd.
There are reports of trees down and surface flooding in Coromandel Town where PowerCo are showing trees have taken out lines and 2033 properties are without power. There are also outages in Hgatea with 148 properties off the grid and Thames with 19.
High tide was at 9:50am on the east coast and the next is due at 10:11pm this evening.
If you have any information or pictures send them through to [email protected] .nz or via messenger or call us with reports on 07 280 0540.
Updates are live on air every 30 minutes during the duration of the weather warning. Only on Coromandel’s CFM.
Heavy rain and easterly gales for parts of the North Island
A low just north of Cape Reinga is expected to move slowly southwestwards today and its associated fronts move southwards over the North Island. These weather features should bring further heavy rain and east to southeasterly gales to parts of the North Island. Heavy Rain Warnings remain in force for southern Northland, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne, while Watches for heavy rain and gales also remain in force for some other parts of the North Island.
People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case any changes are made, or more areas are added.
Heavy Rain Warning – Orange
Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.
Area: Northland from Whangaroa Bay southwards
Valid: 7 hours from 9:00am Fri 11 Nov to 4:00pm Fri 11 Nov
Forecast: Heavy rain at times and thunderstorms possible, especially south of Kawakawa. Expect a further 40 to 70 mm of rain to accumulate on top of what has already fallen. Peak rates of 15 to 25 mm/h, but 25 to 40 mm/h possible in localised downpours.
Area: Coromandel Peninsula
Valid: 12 hours from 9:00am Fri 11 Nov to 9:00pm Fri 11 Nov
Forecast: Expect a further 90 to 120 mm of rain to accumulate about the ranges, and 60 to 90 mm near the coast. These amounts are in addition to the rain that has already fallen. Peak rates of 20 to 25 mm/h about the ranges.
Update at 9am
We are under a special weather warning from MetService and a Strong Wind Watch. As predicted we have seen some serious amounts of rain with the following recorded on personal weather stations around the Coromandel. Whangamata 30mm, Coromandel 46.5mm, Thames 23.4mm, Te Mata 21.6mm, Whitianga 56.1mm Hahei 57.4mm Pauanui 68.3mmMatarangi 80.8mmKuaotunu with a station reporting 120.4mm. MetService official gauges showing 41.6mm for Whitianga and expecting 122.5mm for today. Revised warnings are due out from MetService shortly.
We have power outages reported by PowerCo in Coromandel with 2033 indicated properties offline, Waihi 37, Ngatea 219 and Thames 19.
Reports from several people indicate all main roads are open but be careful and surface flooding and debris on roads.
Hightide is due around 9:50am this morning so localised flooding may happen.
If you have any information or pictures send them through to [email protected] or via messenger or call us with reports on 07 280 0540.
Updates are live on air every 30 minutes during the duration of the weather warning. Only on Coromandel’s CFM.
The rain is falling but not at the levels first indicates by the MetService forecasts. So far Whitianga has recorded 29.8mm of rain but heavy falls through to lunchtime are still in the mix with another 80mm due to fall over the next 5 hours according to MetService.
Private weather stations in Matarangi and Kuaotunu are reporting over 50mm so far. Plenty of surface water and debris being reported on the roads but so far no other issues.
The advice from our Council’s Emergency Management team is to avoid unnecessary travel today – Friday 11 November.
“Hunker down for the day folks, we are in for a wild, wet and windy Friday which will intensify through the day easing later this evening,” says the head of our Council’s Emergency Management Unit Garry Towler.
“Avoid unnecessary travel if you can and stayed connected, we will keep you updated if the forecast changes,” says Mr Towler.
Power outages have been reported in Ngatea with 594 properties impacted and 19 off the grid in Thames and 37 out in Waihi.
Please call us on 07 280 0540 if you have anything to report or message us or email [email protected] Drive safe or better still stay of the roads till this clears later today.
High tide in Whitianga at 9:56am and again at 10:11pm this evening.
We will update as new information comes to hand.

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