Boaties urged to bring in moored vessels

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Heavy rainfalls have prompted a warning to all boaties with moorings in Whakatane River.

Senior Maritime Officer Isaac Tait is urging all who have boats moored to bring them into the harbour before dark.

He says the Whakatane river is expected to flood by 11pm.

The warning comes on the back of some heavy rainfalls recorded in the Eastern Bay this morning.

They range from 60 millimetres in the Waioeka Gorge by the Cableway to 44mms in the upper Whakatane catchment and 46mm at Waimana.

Both the Otara River catchment and Kawerau have had 50 millimetres this morning.

On the Plains and around Galatea falls of around 11 to 16 millimetres have been recorded.

A heavy rain warning remains in place for the entire Bay.

MetService says falls of 100 to 150 millimetres can be expected in the ranges and 60 to 90 mms elsewhere. It says falls could reach 25 to 40 millimetres an hour in places.

The warning took affect from late this morning and extends until three tomorrow morning.

The rain started around six this morning.

Sam Gardner