Atrocious weather sets in, winds hit 172km/h in Wellington

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Rough weather is continuing to build across New Zealand making for atrocious camping conditions in some regions while hurricane force winds are hitting exposed parts of Wellington.

Heavy rain is currently falling around Taranaki, Wairarapa, Wellington, Nelson, Lakes District and Southland with the heaviest falls in Taranaki and Wellington as of 11:30am.

Severe Thundstorm Warning: Taupo/South Waikato/King Country regions

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All warnings have now been lifted


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A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has again been issued for the region - specifically Rangitaiki. believes hail, severe winds and torrential rain could hit motorists with little warning in the coming hour in the area - affecting State Highway 5.

Exclusive Photos: Major damage as Stadium Southland's roof collapses under snow

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Photo's from and NewstalkZB reporter Malcolm Gayfer showing the catastrophic failure of Stadium Southland's roof following heavy snow on Saturday.

Exclusive: House destroyed by squall, 80 yo couple inside at time

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A violent squall or tornado last night destroyed a house west of Auckland City while the two occupants, both in their 80s, were inside. reader Dale Small says his grandparents-in-law were in bed at the the time the violent winds hit.

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Chaos as big blow moves in

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Auckland's emergency services were stretched last night as a vicious storm caused widespread power cuts and toppled trees on to roads.

Wind gusts which peaked at 150km/h at the Manukau Heads felled power lines, cutting electricity in Warkworth, Remuera, Mangere and large parts of West Auckland.

Thousands of households as far north as Dome Valley near Warkworth and as far south as Huntly were without power.

Large trees crashed on to the Waikato Expressway 50km south of Auckland, striking one vehicle and creating traffic chaos.

Falling trees crush car on SH1, power cut, roofs lifted

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Reports are coming in from all over Auckland, Waikato and now Bay of Plenty of trees coming down, some roofs being lifted and power being cut.

Vector's website says that at least 25 suburbs in Auckland have some form of power distruption from the gales and thunderstorms that moved over the city around 6:30pm.

Taranaki hit by storm, heading north

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Stormy weather has now hit Taranaki. says the squalls and thunderstorms are moving a little slower than expected but are still moving north and tonight Waikato, Auckland, Northland and Bay of Plenty will start to see rougher weather moving in.

30 Severe weather warnings cover all of NZ

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In what is certainly a rare sight the crown forecaster has today issued further warnings covering every main centre in New Zealand as a very large storm churns away in the Southern Ocean.