Updated: 11/30/2018 1:28:03 AM
New Zealand is in for a rough start to the weekend, as heavy wind and rain makes its way across the Tasman Sea.
Severe weather affecting New South Wales is set to hit much of the country by Friday evening.
MetService meteorologist Ravi Kandula told Newshub a rain and high wind watch is in place for Northland and Auckland.
"Starting from Friday afternoon, we're looking at Northland, Auckland and moving to the evening we're looking at the Coromandel Peninsula, parts of eastern Waikato and Bay of Plenty."
Rotorua and Nelson will also be affected.
Updated: 11/29/2018 2:25:44 AM
The rain that belted large parts of the state may have subsided slightly but forecasters have warned Sydneysiders not to become complacent.
The intense low pressure system that delivered Sydney’s wildest November storm came with a “second phase” as ferocious 90km/h winds.
The Bureau of Meteorology warned shortly before 5pm that a “second phase is now beginning”, bringing with it “storms and intense rain”.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been expanded and is now in place for almost the entire NSW coast from Moruya north including Newcastle, Sydney the Illawarra and Armidale, and dangerous flash flooding is likely on roads.
Updated: 11/28/2018 12:38:26 PM
Sydney has been deluged by the heaviest November rain it has experienced in decades, causing flash-flooding, traffic chaos, and power cuts.
Heavy rain fell throughout Wednesday, the city at one point receiving its average monthly rainfall in two hours.
Officials said dozens of vehicles crashed in the stormy conditions, with winds of up to 90 km/h also recorded.
At least two deaths have been blamed on the storm.
Published Wednesday, November 28, 2018
A deepening low pressure system is expected to affect major New South Wales population centers this week. The storm could drop two months of rain over parts of the state, including Sydney, in a matter of hours. Residents are urged to follow advice from local emergency services and keep up to date with the latest warnings and forecasts on the Bureau's website and app.
Heavy rain is expected across coastal areas of the state, most likely in the Sydney and/or Illawarra areas. The rain is expected to begin Wednesday morning, November 28, and continue through the day.
"The low moves off the coast early Wednesday, deepening as it interacts with the ocean," meteorologist Grace Legge said. "As the system strengthens, we'll see significant rainfall wrap around and affect coastal areas."
Heavy rainfall of 50 - 100 mm is forecast, with isolated falls above 200 mm possible in some areas.
To put this into perspective, Sydney receives an average November rainfall of 66 mm. With as much as 100 mm of rain expected over the city in a matter of hours, Sydneysiders could see more than a month's worth of rain in just several hours.
Sky News Weather channel meteorologist Rob Sharpe said winds will peak after most of the rainfall has arrived, which means 'the ground will be soggy and a little bit looser, making it easier for trees to come down.'
"This event is likely to lead to flooding, trees and power lines down and therefore we’ll also have power outages with the worst of the weather," he said.
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