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Big thunderstorm/hail storm moving into Wellington this afternoon. Photo by Sally of Wellington.

UPDATED: 4:20pm

Weather Watch Centre staff are monitoring an active band of thunderstorms, hail and heavy rain currently moving over the lower North Island.

Earlier this afternoon reports came in of a large hail storm and in the past hour the storm has moved into Wellington and Masterton.

Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan says the burst of hail and heavy rain is still moving northwards and will affect Manawatu and possibly southern Hawkes Bay.

“Downpours may be heavy enough to cause localised surface flooding – motorists should drive with caution.  There’s also the risk of isolated bursts of wind which may damage tree branches”.

Hail in Wairarapa – photo by local Weather Watch reporter Darryl Mallett.

An i-report posted at says a brief power surge between Johnsonville and Wellington City.  The report says police are advising motorists to take care on the slippery city motorway due to hail.


Rob on 7/11/2008 2:04am

A few minutes ago there was an apparent power surge in the Wellington area stretching from at least Wellington to Johnsonville to my knowledge.

It appears this was very likely caused by the thunderstorm belt. I did not see any lightning as I do not have a suitable view (darn it: my aim is one day to submit a lightning photo to this site without getting zapped!) however within ten minutes or so there was a very loud roll of thunder. Someone who had been outside reported that had been some hail. (As I was writing this a police alert arrived saying that the Wellington Urban Motorway is slippery because of hail.)

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