Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Tornado event and severe weather in Auckland


5.50 pm, 6 December 2012

Tornado event and severe weather at Whenuapai, Hobsonville and other parts of Auckland

The latest information Auckland Council Civil Defence have on this afternoon’s tornado and torrential rain is:

Transport is difficult in many parts of Auckland and everyone should take care. If you’re about to head home, you should take some time to plan your journey, there could be delays.

There is surface flooding or debris on some roads, particularly in West Auckland. Motorists need to travel to the conditions and take care. If you can avoid using the roads, please do so. Long delays are reported in some areas.

Please report blocked drains and culverts to Auckland Council on 09 301 0101.

More bad weather is predicted from midnight, with showers (which may become heavy) and winds reaching 100km/h. The highest gust of wind recorded this afternoon was 151 km/h at Snapper Rock, Albany. Western suburbs including New Lynn, Avondale and around the foothills of the Waitakere’s experienced rainfall rates of around 21mm within 10 mins this afternoon

About 150 homes are uninhabitable or without power at the Whenuapai base, and a further 70 homes in the wider area have been evacuated.

250 affected residents have already been taken to Whenuapai Air Force Base where they will be looked after, and Auckland Council welfare staff are assisting and providing support.

Auckland Council Civil Defence and the NZ Defence Force have set up a welfare facility at the Whenuapai Air Base.

If people believe their property is uninhabitable to call Auckland Council on 09 301 0101 if they need assistance.

Power
Vector advises that Henderson, Greenhithe and Riverhead are still without power.

Auckland Airport
Is open but an earlier lightning strike meant some flights were diverted.

Public Transport
Trains are operating as normal. Ferry services are continuing but the 5.30pm service to West Harbour is to be replaced by a bus.
Bus services are disrupted to Herald Island route 093 and Hobsonville Point routes 092 and 093. Route 130 is suspended. Some other bus services may be delayed.
Weather
Showers will return to Auckland from midnight tonight. We can expect:

Between midnight tonight and midnight tomorrow wind gusts with showers of up to 100km/h
Rainfall totals are not likely to exceed 20mm from these showers, however rainfall could be intense.
There is a low chance of thunder activity but not to the level experienced today.
Prevailing winds are expected to strengthen tomorrow afternoon; all winds will be from the North West.


Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Legal Fudging Of The GCSB Revelations

As many have noted, the Hager/Snowden revelations of the spying by our security agencies on our Pacific neighbours and allies is a virtual re-run of the pre-election debate.

Unfortunately, it is also a forerunner of the kind of “ debate” we can expect during the upcoming review of the security agency powers, in June. It is a situation where the government (a) stonewalls, (b) baldly asserts that mass surveillance is not occurring despite the Snowden evidence that it is, and (c) claims that the GCSB actions were lawful.

Yet as Greens Co-Leader Russel Norman says, this can be true only if the legislation passed last year by the Key government has made the mass surveillance of New Zealanders – and the related handing over of their private data to the NSA – lawful. More>>

Latest:

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Women's Day, March 8: It’s Time For Men To Step Up For Gender Equality

UN Women is launching the HeForShe campaign in New Zealand at the International Women's Day Parliamentary Breakfast, and is calling on New Zealand men — including politicians and community and sports leaders — to show their commitment to gender equality by signing up to this global campaign. More>>

ALSO:

Teina Pora Wins Appeal: Gordon Campbell On The Privy Council Decision

The quashing of the convictions of Teina Pora for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett in 1992 has shone a spotlight once again on a major gap in the New Zealand justice system... More>>

ALSO:

Urgent Bill Planned: MP Pay Rises To Match Public Service

Prime Minister John Key today announced an overhaul of the Remuneration Authority Act, tying MP salaries to those of the wider public sector, which will be passed under urgency. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: MP Pay Rises, Solid Energy, Iraq

Prime Minister John Key answered questions in his Post-Cabinet press conference about the Iraq deployment, Solid Energy and National’s decision to overhaul the Remuneration Authority Act. More>>

ALSO:

Worksafe: MSD Charged Over Work And Income Ashburton Shooting

WorkSafe NZ has laid one charge against the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) in relation to the shooting at the MSD Ashburton office on 1 September 2014 in which two Work and Income staff were killed and another was injured. More>>

ALSO:

Iraq: Ex-Hostage Says Government Not Putting NZers, Iraqis First

Harmeet Singh Sooden is travelling to Iraq in the coming weeks to work with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) on a short-term assignment. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news