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High Severe Thunderstorm Risk for North Island


The crown forecaster is today saying there’s a risk of severe thunderstorms developing as a surge of rough weather comes out of the Southern Ocean and into the North Island’s west coast.

See the live and free lightning tracker here to see were the latest thunderstorms are.


Image courtesy NZ Govt


Guest on 17/09/2010 7:28am

Just had a huge storm over the Waikato. Fork lighning, the works! It passed pretty quickly though. Very impressive! Power supply was surging quite a bit too.

Chris B on 17/09/2010 12:40am

We’ve just had a few flashes and big rumbles – fingers crossed it’s a day of it! The Lightning Radar looks promising…for a change 🙂

Guest on 17/09/2010 12:38am

As of 20 mins ago Wellington received its first salvo; Fire service is currently attending to a shed fire in High Street, Lower Hutt caused by a lightning strike, Power pole was also hit in the same area and a report of a house in Wainui hit also.

robh on 17/09/2010 12:28am

Thunderstorms in Wellington, map shows this area as low risk but I don’t think so! Having trouble with the metservice page, overloaded?

robh on 17/09/2010 2:27am

and they call that LOW RISK!:
Seems they did not foresee such a major thunderstorm in Wellington!

Guest on 16/09/2010 11:47pm

masterton was in the no thunderstorm area , as i right this i can hear loud thunder,,,, has the forcaste changed?

WW Forecast Team on 16/09/2010 11:55pm

We’ve just updated the latest severe thunderstorm outlook, courtesy of the NZ Govt.

Masterton right on the fringes

– WeatherWatch

Guest on 17/09/2010 12:04am

thanks so we have a chance of getting more??

WW Forecast Team on 17/09/2010 2:52am

Definitely a possibility over the next 24 hours but it’s certainly more of a west coast event at this stage.

– WeatherWatch

Claire on 16/09/2010 10:43pm

Ooh, upper North Island has now been upgraded to high risk (as of 9.15am).

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