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Storms light up Auckland sky – lightning hits East Tamaki house

Lightning strikes have reportedly left a large hole in an Auckland home overnight.

A thunderstorm struck over the city around midnight, with strong winds and a heavy downpour.

One house in East Tamaki was reportedly hit by lightning around 2am. Tenant Jason told TV One’s Breakfast programme that he heard a loud noise, followed by the house rumbling. 

“I came outside to tiles everywhere and a 2 metre hole in the roof,” he said.

“It was loud, I wasn’t sure what was happening, and then the roof came down.”

Images showed tiles had come off the roof of the property, uncovering a black plastic lining underneath.

The Fire Service said it was not called out to any serious weather-related incidents over night, with only a couple of alarm activations in Auckland, and some minor jobs in Cambridge.

Strong winds battered the region overnight, with gusts of almost 130km/h at Manukau Heads, and almost 100km/h at Auckland Airport.

Around 7mm of rain fell in the Whangaparaoa Peninsula in the 12 hours to 7am, while 6.2mm fell at Auckland Airport in the same period, according to govt statistics.

– NZ Herald


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