By Te Karere

Campers at Auckland’s Piha Beach were told to move to higher ground.


Fiona Anderson of Piha Motor Camp is advising campers, “The safety of people has to take precedence over everything else. So we put a sign advising people that they should evacuate today.”



The MetService says a big storm is getting closer, and rain will fall heavily in Northland, Auckland, Thames-Coromandel and Taranaki.


Meteorologist John Law says, “We’ve got a very large area of low pressure moving southwards across the country and it’s bringing heavy rain, strong winds and the combination of those with some high tides at the moment could mean  some coastal flooding as well.”


Just like this morning, Auckland’s Tamaki Drive was closed because of the king tide.


Law has a word of advice, “with any severe weather situations, it’s always good to stay up to date with the latest forecasts, watches and warnings and take extra precaution.”


In the South Island, the MetService says there will be scattered showers and thunderstorm in the Canterbury high country, Otago and parts of Southland.