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Civil defence teams are on standby in the Coromandel Peninsula, where heavy rain is forecast following Thursday's flooding in Northland. The MetService is predicting that the Bay of Plenty and northern parts of Gisborne will also see a deluge, with up to 150mm of rain likely to have fallen overnight. Further north, dozens of motorists remain stranded and about 70 people had shelter overnight at the Opua Cruising Club in the Bay of Islands. Police say there were reports of several people being washed away by floodwaters in the Northland region, but they have not had any confirmed reports of loss of life. Several clifftop homes at Opua were evacuated due to the danger of slips, while flooding and slips destroyed much of the Haruru Falls resort and a house was reported destroyed at Waioimo. Parts of State Highway One remain closed between Whangarei and Kawakawa on Friday morning, along with most approaches to the Bay of Islands. Parts of Northland have recorded their HEAVIEST RAINFALLS IN MORE THAN A CENTURY. NEW RECORDS were set in the Puhi Puhi hills north of Whangarei: 366mm of rain fell there in 38 hours, exceding the previous record set in 1905. Kaeo saw its highest rainfall since 1971.
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