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Overnight Thunderstorms; VIDEO, PHOTOS, NEWS

DISTANT LIGHTNING – Looking west across Auckland early Wednesday evening.  Image / Simon Williams.

It was a busy night in the skies over New Zealand last night as thunderstorms moved in from the Tasman Sea, for some it was the second night in a row.

Over 10,000 strikes were recorded around the country yesterday, mostly in the afternoon and evening.

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Distant Lightning

At it’s peak 1300 strikes an hour were being recorded, mostly around Auckland.

VIDEO BELOW sent in by Susie Warwick – North Shore Lightning.

Lightning over downtown Auckland

Taken on a Kodak stills camera capturing video in High Definition. Image / Brendan Quaife.

Downpours were reported to be heavy enough to cause localised flash flooding and will make driving extremely hazardous for a time. advised people to stay indoors until the thunder has passed.

– This literally brilliant still taken tonight from a video captures a stunning lightning strike that turned night into day. Image / Matt Hair

Night into Day!


Reports also came in of action around Auckland with a big jump in fire and police sirens between 9pm and 11pm along with numerous reports of Sky Tower being hit.

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Lightning Strike
Lightning over Albany Wednesday night.  Image / Paul Burnett.

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Priya on 18/11/2009 2:25pm

I visited NZ 1 years back and was amazed by Auckland Attractions. Did not expect such kind of weather over there.

BQ on 26/08/2009 11:36am

what a nice treat tonight … with some friends describing it as “pretty”.

Got some amazing HD video of the flashy stuff flittering around over the downtown buildings in Auckland

Guest on 26/08/2009 11:13am

well we are starting to get it down here in Te Aroha fire station got struck by lightning at about 22:20hrs which set the siren off constantly for about 10-15mins and rain quite heavy rain

Guest on 26/08/2009 10:27am

The thunder was so strong, our house was rattling! Scary!

Paul on 26/08/2009 10:05am

Plenty of lightning and rain in central Auckland too. I’ve seen 4-5 fire engines running around on Victoria Street. Haven’t seen any fires though.

matt on 26/08/2009 10:03am

great lightning show going on over Auckland view from eastern bays north has been spectacular at times

Theresa on 26/08/2009 10:03am

We are getting some impressive lightning flashes in West Auckland. I have been waiting very impatiently for a decent storm.

East coast on 26/08/2009 10:01am

The thunder where I’m located- browns bay is extremly loud, strong and long sometimes…. It’s going to be a long night

Guest on 26/08/2009 10:01am

I think I may have just seen the Sky Tower been hit!

East coast on 26/08/2009 10:01am

The thunder where I’m located- browns bay is extremly loud, strong and long sometimes…. It’s going to be a long night

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