TODAY |

Hawke's Bay rain eases overnight, but residents told to prepare for another downpour

Severe weather in Hawke's Bay has eased overnight but residents are being warned to prepare themselves for another downpour.

The stormy conditions are expected to hit Napier and southern Gisborne later today.

Check the forecast in your region at the 1 NEWS NOW weather page

Torrential rain causing slips and widespread flooding closed two roads yesterday.

Further west, State Highway 43 remains closed between Tau Marunui and Whangamomona.

Hawke's Bay Civil Defence said those residents whose homes have been affected by flood waters should contact Hastings District Council for a building inspection.

Flooding in Hastings District and Esk Valley is also being monitored by civil defence.

Marthinus Swart was one of the last drivers allowed on the SH5 this morning before it closed due to surface flooding. Source: Supplied

There has been one school closed in Napier City, and two in Hastings.

To get safety updates on the severe weather and flooding in Hawke's Bay visit their civil defence page

More stormy conditions are expected to hit Napier and southern Gisborne later today. Source: Breakfast