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 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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  • 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. 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".

Major electrical storm over Hamilton

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Updated: 10:30pm Weds

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Wairarapa severe thunderstorm warning lifted

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All warnings lifted as of 8:28pm

Rotorua severe thunderstorm warning lifted

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All warnings have now been lifted as of 7:30pm.

South Auckland severe thunderstorm warning now lifted

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All warnings are now lifted as of 7:39pm.

Thunderstorms near Auckland, quieter elsewhere

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It's a much quieter day in the skies over the North Island with no thunderstorm warnings being issued as of 4pm.  Very little thunder activity is being detected however a band of thunderstorms and torrential rain has formed in southern parts of Auckland, mostly around Pukekohe and the Bombay hills.

The anvil clouds responsible can be clearly seen from across Auckland city.

Over Waikato similar clouds are forming and torrential downpours are appearing across mountains and ranges all over the North Island south of Auckland.

Severe thunderstorms finally ease but Wednesday is Groundhog Day

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All warnings have now been lifted following a dramatic day in the skies above the central North Island but Wednesday is shaping up to be Groundhog Day with a near identical outlook in place. says more storms are likely from late this morning/noon across the Central North Island.

More details from 5am...

See a photo below of the thunderstorm over Taranaki yesterday afternoon.

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