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Weather Live: Power Cuts, Ferries Cancelled As Thunder Sweeps Over Auckland

Three Air New Zealand regional aircraft were struck by lightning earlier today and are being reviewed by engineering teams to ensure they are safe to fly, the airline says.

General manager for airports Kate Boyer says they have been keeping a close eye on the weather.

The airline's services were briefly paused this afternoon when wind conditions meant it was not safe to operate at Auckland Airport.

Twenty-four regional services were cancelled, and the customers are being put on the next available service to get them to their destinations.

RNZ is New Zealand's statutory civil defence lifeline radio broadcaster, providing vital information and updates as they come to hand.

You can find our radio frequencies here.

The National Emergency Management Agency advises that in times of crisis or civil defence emergency a battery powered radio or a car radio remain essential lifelines if power is out and other forms of communication are unavailable.

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