Storm


Residents clean up after sudden storm

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Residents in the lower North Island are cleaning up this morning after yesterday's storm.

In the Wellington region, roofs were blown off houses, fences were knocked down and there were power outages when southerly winds gusting to 120 kilometres an hour and torrential rain blasted through from the South Island during the afternoon.


Evacuated residents set to return home; Rain for Northland today

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East Coast residents evacuated from their homes north of Tolaga Bay yesterday, will be allowed back to mop up today as the rain that brought flooding yesterday eased overnight.


New Plymouth severe thunderstorm warning LIFTED

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All warnings lifted as of 7:50pm


Taupo / Sth Waikato severe thunderstorm warnings LIFTED

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As of 9:28pm all warnings were lifted


Hamilton / Waikato thunderstorm warnings LIFTED

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Warnings expired at 8pm


Murapara severe thunderstorm warning LIFTED

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All warnings lifted as of 7:08pm


Hamilton in for another electrical storm?

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Severe thunderstorms are affecting the Pukekohe, Southern Waikato and Wairarapa areas this evening but the main band south of Hamilton has caught the attention of WeatherWatch.co.nz forecasters.

As of 5:30pm the storm cells were again moving over Lake Karapiro and towards Hamilton City.


South Auckland severe thunderstorm warning LIFTED

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All warnings for AUCKLAND region lifted as of 6:08pm


Southern Wairarapa severe thunderstorm warning LIFTED

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All warnings now lifted as of 9pm.


Hamilton electrical storm "like a strobe light"

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  • STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 17,000 lightning strikes detected in less than 6 hours
  • Storms peaked at well over 3000 strikes per hour
  • Severe thunderstorm passed right over Hamilton City.

An amazing and rare electrical storm lit up the skies above Waikato last night and around 9pm centred itself over Hamilton city.  WeatherWatch.co.nz received numerous comments about the storm with many saying they had never seen anything like it.

Many eyewitnesses described the lightning as non-stop with flashes every "1 or 2 seconds" and one from Cambridge describe it as a "strobe light".