Wet and windy weather expected tomorrow 14 February 2021 The first of this summer's subtropical storms is coming our way and is expected to bring heavy rain and gale force winds to the Coromandel on Monday. A short (27 hour) burst of heavy rain and strong winds is expected to arrive around 6am (Monday 15 February) and move off later Tuesday morning. MetService is forecasting 110mm to 140mm of rain to fall with an intensity of 25mm/hour at times. Our Council’s Civil Defence Controller Garry Towler advises that this event may have more of an impact due to the very dry soil conditions. “That means there’s a higher risk of slips and surface flooding, which could make travelling around the district risky,” Mr Towler says. We are asking everyone to be prepared and take the necessary precautions to lessen the impact. For residents, this means tying down furniture, checking drains and gutters are cleared, and checking any roadside drainage by your properties is also clear. For holiday makers, if you’re camping near a low lying area or near a stream, river or close to the sea move to higher ground. “It’s important to take each weather event seriously, avoid risk, check on neighbours and be prepared for road closures, slips, power outages, isolation, delays and above all keep informed by regularly checking in with our Council’s Facebook page, NZTA, MetService and local radio updates," says Garry Towler, our Council’s Civil Defence Controller. A further advisory will be issued after 6pm this evening. Keep up to date: Weather updates - MetService. State Highways - (SH25, SH25A, SH26 in the Coromandel) NZTA. You can also call NZTA on 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) for traffic and travel information. You can also use their journey-planning website www.onthemove.govt.nz to plan the best route for your journey, taking into account known issues and traffic on state highways. Council roads - We will post regular updates on our Council's Facebook page as well as on our website and email newsletters. If you see an issue that needs attention, call us on 07 868 0200. Local radio - Check stations and frequencies here. Red Cross Hazards App - alerts about hazards. Download from the App Store or Google Play. Emergency mobile alert - these can be sent to your mobile phone, without needing to download an app or sign up. Check if your phone is capable of receiving them, here Waikato Regional Council has set up an online hub for rainfall and flood-related information to help people more easily keep up to date with severe weather events in the region. It can be found here. Waikato Region Civil Defence Emergency Management – Sign up to receive civil defence and emergency text alerts through this link. Also follow Waikato Civil Defence on Facebook here and check out their website for updates here. Know your neighbours - phone each other in an emergency, especially vulnerable people, to check if they're OK. To report a power outage, contact your provider. For more on these channels, and other information about staying informed in emergencies, go to the Civil Defence Get Ready website.