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NI Severe Thunderstorm Watch

UPDATED 11:34am to include the Far North, Great Barrier IslandCoromandel Peninsula — as well as Auckland, Northland, Waikato, Waitomo, King Country and Taranaki are today under Severe Thunderstorm Watch – the precursor to a likely, and fairly rare, severe thunderstorm warning. (this page will not be updated) says it has been some time since so many regions, including Auckland, were under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch.

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Issued by MetService at 10:55 am Sunday 15 May 2011
Valid until 04:00 pm Sunday 15 May 2011

This watch affects people in the following weather forecast districts:

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Great Barrier Island
  • Coromandel Peninsula
  • Waikato
  • Waitomo
  • Taumarunui
  • Taranaki
  • Taihape
  • Wanganui
Several lines of Thunderstorms are moving north over the North Island. Some of these thunderstorms may be Severe and produce wind gusts of 120km/h this morning and early afternoon. There is also the possibility that a few tornadoes may spawn from these thunderstorms, especially near the coast. Wind gusts of this strength can cause some structural damage, including trees and power lines, and may make driving hazardous. If any tornadoes occur, they will only affect very localised areas. – Metservice


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