Hawke's Bay motorists urged to take care as heavy rain hits the region
Hawke's Bay motorists are being urged to take care on the region's roads due to the ongoing severe weather.
A police spokesperson said rain and wind is affecting conditions and Police have received a number of weather-related call-outs.
"Poor weather reduces visibility and increases stopping distances, so remember to watch your following distances when in traffic. Police want everyone on the roads to get home safely today, so remember to drive carefully and stay patient," they said.
Due to a slip near the intersection with Lottin Point Rd, SH35 Pōtaka is closed, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency said in a statement.
People are urged to delay their journey or use an alternate route. "Please take extra care on all roads and allow extra time for your journey. Drive to the weather conditions, watch your following distances and be prepared for unexpected hazards."
Hawke's Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group said the northeast flow continues to cover Hawke’s Bay, with rainfall accumulations happening mostly in Kopuawhara and Nuhaka area.
"The rainfall totals are still below warning criteria levels, and the Kopuawhara Stream has risen slightly but is still well below alert levels.
"All other major rivers are still well below alert levels, and rainfall accumulation has been relatively low. Rainfall is expected to be clearing by late afternoon on Sunday. The northeast wind is expected to continue throughout the day."