Tauranga residents mopping up after flash floods

Tauranga has been hit with flash flooding and thunderstorms.

MetService issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Hauraki, Western Bay of Plenty and Tauranga just after 8pm on Monday.

The storms were accompanied by torrential rain. Video taken by locals shows the extent of the flooding after just a short period of rain.

Police advised people to take extra care on the roads because of surface flooding, which affected several streets in Tauranga, as well as eastern Rotorua.

The thunderstorm warning for the Bay of Plenty has since been lifted.