Thunderstorms and squalls have this evening moved into the Auckland and Waikato reports WeatherWatch.co.nz.
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.
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.
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?
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
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??
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.
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?
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!
on 17/09/2010 7:38am
Will this weather last all night Phil? Please say the wind is going soon 🙂
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.
on 17/09/2010 7:20am
So is there a goos chance of thunder and lighting over Tauranga?