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Thunderstorms moving in to upper North Island

UPDATED 0:08am — An active area of thunderstorms and torrential rain has made landfall on Auckland’s western coastline delivering incredible thunder over parts of the city – and torrential rain is about to also move in.

Head weather analyst Philip Duncan says the area most exposed is Auckland with Waikato and southern parts of Northland also expected to receive heavy downpours and a few thunderstorms.  “Looking at the satellite maps and live lightning tracker it looks as though the line of heavy rain, showers and thunderstorms will reach the west coast shortly before midnight then spread elsewhere in the early hours of Saturday”.

Mr Duncan says Coromandel Peninsula, Great Barrier Island and Bay of Plenty may have a few rumbles and heavy showers during Saturday morning. 

The thunderstorms aren’t widespread, so not everyone will get thunder, but the lightning tracker is detecting several areas of activity out to the west.

The free and live lightning tracker has detected around 1000 strikes in the past 60 minutes (as of midnight).

Motorists are advised to be aware of possible surface water/flooding and limited visibility in downpours and isolated hail.



Ben on 17/08/2012 1:06pm

What an amazing storm. I have never seen the Sky Tower be stuck by lightning before but tonight I saw it be hit 8 times! Unreal 🙂

Chris Wells on 17/08/2012 12:55pm

Heavy rain and big lightning in Torbay. And that bang a few mins ago made me jump I can tell you. Hasn’t workmen my 6 month old daughter yet. How?? I don’t know

Guest on 17/08/2012 12:31pm

14 years in NZ….this is by far the loudest I’ve heard

Craig on 17/08/2012 12:24pm

About 10 mins ago a huge strike hit around the city it looked like from here in Albany. It went from ground to cloud and it looked like a huge tree.

These strikes seem very sharp, with thunder like bombs!

Rain has started, usually the charge dissipates, but the strikes are still going. Great to see after such a ‘dry’ spell 🙂

Guest on 17/08/2012 12:13pm

Some Impressive flashes watching from the North Shore. Although there are trees blocking my way, I need it to move East or South a bit so I can see better 😛

Guest on 17/08/2012 11:55am

Thunder in west auckland, quite loud

Guest on 17/08/2012 12:21pm

We are high up in the hill behind the Kaipara Harbour ( by Mt Auckland) and have been watching the lightening storm approach from the Tasman Sea for the last few hours – it is lighting up the entire horizon from Whatapu to the Hokianga in one single flash – spectular but daunting!

Guest on 17/08/2012 10:21am

quite a few flashes in the sky in west auckland looking off the coast to the west

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