Flash flooding turns Palmerston North road into river as wild weather hits

A band of severe thunderstorms has led to flash flooding on the streets of Palmerston North.

One local resident filmed a trip out with his kids that saw them confronted with a street which resembled a river.

TVNZ weather presenter Dan Corbett with the latest update.

"Flash flooding in Palmerston North! Time for a drive with the boys in the truck! Neck minute..." Tony Browne captioned his video on Facebook.

A weather warning has been issued for a low currently building off north eastern Australia. The front will hit New Zealand's north tomorrow, dumping 70-90mm of rain on Auckland before midnight, the MetService says.

The Super City is also expected to experience winds gusting up to 120 kilometres per hour.


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Woman, 18, missing from Manapouri is found

An 18-year-old woman reported missing from Manapouri on New Year's Day has been found.

Police said this evening that Tia McRae was found by a member of the public in the Te Anau area.

Southern District Police yesterday said they had concerns for Ms McRae's wellbeing and appealed for sightings of her or her vehicle. 

The police have thanked everyone who helped search for her and provided information as to her whereabouts.

Tia McRae has been missing since 4pm on New Years Day.
Tia McRae has been missing since 4pm on New Years Day. Source: 1 NEWS


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One person dead after car and motorcycle crash in Christchurch

A crash between a car and motorcycle in Christchurch has left one person dead this evening.

The crash occurred on Dyers Pass Rd just after 5pm today.

Police said one other person sustained serious injuries in the crash.

Dyers Pass Rd has been closed by police as emergency services continue to work at the crash scene.

Traffic is currently being diverted back down Hackthorne Rd.

Police emergency scene
Police emergency scene Source: 1 NEWS