Tens of thousands of Auckland homes and businesses are without power after a storm battered the city overnight. Here's the essential information, region by region.
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than 100,000 homes and businesses are without power in
Auckland overnight as 140km/h winds tore through the city.
MetService recorded a gust at 213km/h
• Power company Vector said it may be several days before power is restored
• At least 20 schools and early childhood centres in Auckland are closed today
• Roads are closed and others partially blocked: check theAuckland Council website for the latest.
• Some traffic lights, motorway signs and traffic cameras are not working because of power outages.
• Train delays and cancellations on the western and southern lines are expected to continue during the day.
• Ferry and bus services are operating but there may be delays
• Flights have resumed at Auckland Airport, which closed its runway last night because of debris
• Seven vessels have come ashore around the region
• MetService is forecasting strong winds in Auckland on Thursday night and early Friday.
Northland, Coromandel, Waikato
• A water treatment plant in Tairua,
Coromandel, is out of action because of a power cut -
residents are asked to conserve water until power is
• State Highway 26 between Paeroa and Thames is closed - though it's because of a major fire at the Kopu Mill, not the weather.
• MetService is forecasting strong winds in Northland, Coromandel Peninsula and Waikato on Thursday night and early Friday
• More than 1200
properties without power in Taranaki, including at
Okato, Rahotū and Ōpunake and Stratford.
• Workers are assessing roads and moving fallen trees after a tornado ripped through Rahotū, northwest of Ōpunake, yesterday. At least half a dozen houses lost their roofs. More than 13,000 lightning strikes hit the region.
• MetService is warning of heavy rain in Eastern Taranaki today
Central North Island, Manawatū / Whanganui, Hawke's Bay, Wellington
• Yesterday's tornado at National
Park Village downed trees and power lines and ripped roofs
of houses. A tornado was also spotted in
• MetService is warning of heavy rain in Whanganui hill country and parts of Hawke's Bay today, and snow on the Desert Road and Napier-Taupo Road.
• Wellington Harbour ferry services from Queens Wharf to Days Bay are cancelled.
• All South Island roads are open but
drivers are being urged to take care.
• Snow is forecast to fall on the Lewis Pass (SH7), Porters Pass (SH73) and Milford Road (SH94).
Severe weather warnings remain in force with heavy rain and severe gales for many parts of the North Island. For the latest, check MetService warnings.
Niwa forecaster Chris Brandolino said there would be rain and possibly some hail for the upper North Island.
"We'll see the winds still brisk and strong. Cold for everyone, I mean we'll be lucky to hit the mid tens in Auckland today.
"People down south are probably thinking they'd love to see 14 or 15 as they won't escape the single digits down across the South Island."
He said there would be a break in the wind tomorrow then another system would approach from the west again.
"Winds not nearly as strong, but the winds will become gusty again, we'll see some showers ... I do see much warmer weather coming as Sunday rolls around and for the start of the school holidays."