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Squalls and isolated thunderstorms move into Auckland, Waikato

Thunderstorms and squalls have this evening moved into the Auckland and Waikato reports WeatherWatch.co.nz.

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Auckland International Airport recorded gusts up to 100km/h while more remote areas recorded gusts much higher.

WeatherWatch.co.nz head weather analyst Philip Duncan says the rough weather is now just starting to set in across northern regions.

“Some people woke to sunny, calm, weather today.  They will not go to sleep with the same conditions”.

Mr Duncan says the Manukau Heads, a remote farming community west of Auckland Airport, had winds reaching hurricane force this evening.  “The Manukau Heads is a bit of wind tunnel but hurricane force winds were recorded there for 15 minutes as the squall rolled through around 6:20 this evening”.

At its peak gusts hit 154km/h for 10 minutes says WeatherWatch.co.nz.

“Isolated thunderstorms and squalls will continue to roll in across the night with calm spells in between.  It’s fair to say that a number of people will wake to some rough weather overnight”.

WeatherWatch.co.nz says there is a risk of small scale tornadoes across Bay of Plenty and western areas from Taranaki to Auckland tonight but stresses if any do occur they will be isolated.

Comments

Guest on 17/09/2010 9:39am

Huge downpour of hail just hit Hamilton with winds surging and thunder and lightning. The storm is starting to get stronger but still have power.

Guest on 17/09/2010 9:30am

Are there any reports of damage to property at the Manukau Heads?
Are all roads still open on the Awhitu Peninsular?

WW Forecast Team on 17/09/2010 10:10am

Have heard about some damage via the NZ Weather Forum… http://www.weatherforum.org.nz/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=4163&start=125

Guest on 17/09/2010 8:41am

Apperently they are reporting of power cuts around helensville but we in Kaukapakapa have power!! They only thing bothering me is the strong wind, it has already blown over a tree 🙁
Will there be any good Thunder tonight or has everything already past??

WW Forecast Team on 17/09/2010 10:11am

Send us a photo of the tree if you can!

Looks like the worst of the thunder has passed already… now we have heavy showers/squalls for much of the night – odd isolated thunderstorm still possible.

– WW

Guest on 17/09/2010 8:26am

Wow had a massive gust of wind come through Tokoroa, blowing down trees, letterbox’s and fences. Calm as now is it likley to strike here again?

WW Forecast Team on 17/09/2010 8:37am

Expect isolated squalls off and on for the next 12 to 18 hours.

Send us photos if you have any!

– WW

Mel on 17/09/2010 7:38am

Will this weather last all night Phil? Please say the wind is going soon 🙂

WW Forecast Team on 17/09/2010 7:45am

The wind will remain at this level – gusting to 120km/h or more during isolated squalls – until tomorrow.  We then think the winds will ease back a bit (more constant and not quite so gusty).

In saying that MetService has a wind warning in force for 120km/h winds gusts until midnight tomorrow.

Sorry! 

Phil

Brendan on 17/09/2010 7:20am

So is there a goos chance of thunder and lighting over Tauranga?

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