WeatherWatch.co.nz says the centre of the storm hammering parts of the North Island tonight is now brushing Whangarei – and the winds are getting stronger.
“The strongest winds are currently wrapped around the centre of this storm, which is tracking to the south west from the north east” says head weather analyst Philip Duncan. “We’ve had reports of power cuts, wind damage and some frightening wind gusts across Whangarei and Kamo and right across to western Northland this evening”. “The eye of the storm, if you like, will cross parts of Northland, south of Whangarei, in the next couple of hours”.
Wind may increase for a time in Whangarei before likely easing later this evening.
“The centre of the low then heads into the Auckland region around midnight”.
Mr Duncan says Aucklanders can expect the winds to build further in some exposed areas as it moves in but hopefully most residents shouldn’t have damaging gusts, with winds expected to ease back before midnight also.
The centre of the low is projected to track over north west Auckland and Helensville between midnight and the early hours of Wednesday.
“Parts of Northland may see the winds ease tonight but they will return tomorrow from the west and be just as strong, if not stronger”.
Those same strong to gale westerlies are also likely to return to northern and central Auckland later on Wednesday too.
Coromandel has been hammered by strong winds today and tonight. One positive to report is that the heavy rain eased earlier than expected, but the winds are being reported as “furiously windy” by one WeatherWatch.co.nz reader in Pauanui. Winds around Coromandel won’t ease until after midnight and for some will linger until dawn.
on 24/09/2013 10:57am
Very strong winds here in Dargaville – outdoor furniture has been blown across the back lawn. Lots of rain. Some fairly large puddles in town making driving a bit difficult. I read on Fb that the road between Ruawai and Matakohe was closed because of a huge tree across both lanes. Heard lots of fire callouts this evening too.
on 24/09/2013 9:19am
Pretty windy still on the West coast of the Far North…. Stuff blowing everywhere outside
on 24/09/2013 9:00am
Not much happening here in Taupo as of 9.00pm. We have had light rain on and off since late this afternoon with some blustery wind gusts from around 3pm to 7pm. But no sustained gales yet, really.Strangely now however – the wind has died down and it’s quiet. Makes me wonder if we might get the worst of the wind after midnight tonight. The South East and Easterly gales are always a bad wind direction for Taupo/Central Plateau with storms, due to the town and region sitting in the lee of the Hawkes Bay Ranges. Much like the Canterbury Nor-wester in reverse ! The worst wind storms causing damage here in Taupo always seem to come from those two directions.