Auckland roads close as North Island braces for thunderstorms

trending 15/07/2018

 

 

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A number of roads have been closed in Auckland as downpours and heavy thunderstorms set in for the morning.

What you need to know:

  • Auckland is facing downpours and heavy thunderstorms into the late morning
  • Several roads are closed across the city, from the North Shore to Henderson
  • Surface flooding is causing delays on some motorways
  • Electricity company Vector has extra staff on standby for power outages
  • Wind gusts in some parts of the North Island could reach up to 130km/h
  • King tides are forecast and could cause surface flooding to exposed coastal areas when combined with strong easterly winds

 

 

 

 

10:20am - Oteha Valley onramp reopened

 

 

9:40am - Fire crews called to flooded houses, fallen tree

Dozens of houses in Auckland have flooded and a tree has fallen on a house in Whangaparaoa. Fire crews have been called to around 30 properties since 7am. 

9:25am - Easterly gusts easing as rain band passes Auckland

Easterly wind gusts of 113km/h over the Hauraki Gulf are set to ease as the heaviest rain is now expected to move south of Auckland in the late morning, rather than mid-afternoon as initially forecast.

9:10am - Massive waves cause surface flooding

Significant waves over the eastern coast of the North Island are reaching around 3.5m, with maximum waves of 5m.

Surface flooding has been recorded on Esmonde Rd.