Severe weather warning for Auckland

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Tropical Cyclone Lusi pictured here having passed Vanuatu and heading straight for New Zealand. Credit NOAA
Tropical Cyclone Lusi pictured here having passed Vanuatu and heading straight for New Zealand. Credit NOAA

A severe weather warning has been issued for Auckland as Cyclone Lusi heads closer to New Zealand.

MetService issued a severe weather watch for Auckland this morning.

This watch is for the likelihood of significant heavy rain in Auckland - especially about the Hunua and Waitakare Ranges - overnight tonight and during Saturday.

Easterly gales will accompany the heavy rain, with gusts of 120km/h.

Electricity company Vector warned customers to be prepared for possible outages as a result of the wild weather.

This shows Lusi in real time as it approaches.

A number of events in and around the Auckland region have been cancelled.

Weekend events changed due to weather:

• The Auckland West Relay For Life has been cancelled. People can transfer to Auckland North Relay on 29/30th March. For more info go to

• Panasonic People's Triathlon at Maraetai Beach on Sunday has been postponed until March 30

• Salty Classic fishing competition 2014 cancelled

• Kaurilands Primary School Fun Fair, postponed to March 29

• Auckland's Silo Park cinema screening on Friday, cancelled

• Whangaparaoa Gala postponed until March 22.

* 360 Discovery ferry services cancelled:

- Coromandel: Friday and Saturday

- Tiritiri Matangi from Downtown and Gulf Harbour, Saturday

- passengers should check as Sunday service to Tiritiri Matangai may also be cancelled

Events which could be affected:

• Vodafone Warriors v St. George Illawarra Dragons at Eden Park, Saturday

• Harbourview Sculpture trail, Te Atatu Peninsula, open until March 30

Before a storm:
• Develop a household emergency plan. Assemble and maintain your emergency survival items, as well as a portable getaway kit.

• Prepare your property by securing large heavy objects and any item which could become a deadly or damaging missile.

• Keep materials at hand for repairing windows, such as tarpaulins, boards and duct tape.

When a warning is issued and during a storm:

• Stay informed on weather updates. Listen to your local radio stations for advice for your community and situation.

• Put your household emergency plan into action and check your getaway kit.

• Secure, or move indoors, all items that could get blown about in strong winds.

• Close windows, external and internal doors. Pull curtains and drapes over unprotected glass areas.

• If the wind becomes destructive, stay away from doors and windows and shelter inside the house.

• Water supplies can be affected so store drinking water in containers and fill bathtubs and sinks.

• Power cuts are possible in severe weather. Unplug small appliances which may be affected by electrical power surges, and if power is lost, unplug major appliances.

• Bring pets inside. Move stock to shelter. If you have to evacuate, take your pets with you.

After a storm:

• Listen to your local radio stations for the most appropriate advice for your community and situation.

• Check for injuries and help others if you can, especially people who require special assistance.

• Look for and report broken utility lines.

• Contact your local council if your house has been severely damaged.

• If your property or contents are damaged take notes and photographs and contact your insurance company.

Detailed advice is at

- The Aucklander

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