A new storm is fast approaching the country, bearing down on the regions worst affected by this morning’s quake.
Niwa is warning the heavy rain and wind is forecast to batter the upper South Island and lower North Island this afternoon through to early Tuesday morning.
MetService has issued a rain warning for northwest Nelson, Buller and Westland north of Fox Glacier.
Up to 200m of thundery rain is expected to fall about the ranges and 150mm near the coast.
The heaviest falls of 20 to 30mm per hour in thunderstorms are forecasted between 3pm Monday and 3am Tuesday.
Further shorter bursts of heavy rain are likely on Wednesday.
Up to 140mm is forecasted to fall across the Richmond and Bryant Ranges from 3pm this afternoon until midday Tuesday.
Metservice say 25mm of rain per hour is likely in the heaviest rainfall period between 6pm today and 3am tomorrow.
Niwa is warning the rain may cause flooding which may hinder recovery efforts.
A severe weather warning has been issued for strong winds with damaging gusts up to 140kmh in Wellington, Wairarapa and Marlborough from Monday evening into Tuesday morning.
– Story with Lynley Bilby/NZ Herald