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Flooding, debris and power cuts as storm hits

Flooding, debris and power cuts as storm hits

Auckland Civil Defence reminds Aucklanders to stay up-to-date with weather forecasts as severe weather impacts the region.

Extensive flooding has been reported on Tamaki Drive. Auckland Transport has closed the road from the Strand to Kohimarama Road. NZ Police and Fire Service are responding to flooding.

High tide was at 8.42am and tides are expected to ease over the next few hours.

Localised power outages, flooding and fallen trees continue to be reported around the region. Rainfall is expected to become more intense this morning. Wind gusts of 128 km/hr have been recorded.

The Auckland Emergency Coordination Centre is responding to incidents and scaling up staff to facilitate the response.

Auckland Civil Defence is monitoring the weather situation and advises people to keep up to date with severe weather warnings and forecasts from MetService.

• People should stay off the roads if possible.

• Power and phone services may be disrupted. We recommend you have a torch and a battery-powered radio so you can listen to weather alerts.

On the road drivers are urged to exercise caution:

• Headlights on.

• Drive to the conditions.

• Keep a safe distance from the car in front.

For more information:

To keep updated, follow Auckland Civil Defence and Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter @AucklandCDEM.

If you have a smartphone, please download the Auckland Civil Defence app to receive instant updates. Go to www.aucklandcivildefence.org.nz/Alerting/Get-the-Applications.

Visit www.getthru.govt.nz for detailed information on what to do, before, during and after a storm.

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