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Firefighters inundated with calls due to extreme weather

Firefighters inundated with calls due to extreme weather in Auckland

Fire and Emergency New Zealand is receiving dozens of calls about trees toppling onto roads, power lines and homes in the Auckland region.

Its Northern Communication Centre is being inundated with 111 calls due to the extremely strong winds hitting the region.

They are dealing with more than 170 calls in Auckland and the wider Upper North Island area.

Most of the calls are about trees that have fallen down, or roofing coming off buildings.

A tree has fallen through the roof of a house in Stanley Point, and another has fallen through the roof of a home in Birkdale.

Two trees have also toppled onto a house in Massey.

A tree has taken out power lines on West Coast Road in Waiatarua.

There are also reports of flooding in parts of Coromandel.

Meanwhile, fire crews are also dealing with a massive blaze at a mill in the Thames-Coromandel district.

Crews were called to a building and vegetation on fire on Paeroa Kopu Road in Matatoki about 9.20pm.

About 20 fire trucks and appliances are responding, including crews from Thames, Ngatea and the Bay of Plenty.

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