Rebecca Quilliam

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Ex-Cyclone June: Wild winds deliver final blow

This tree on Brady Road in Otahuhu was torn down by the winds. Photo / Silvia Virgilio
This tree on Brady Road in Otahuhu was torn down by the winds. Photo / Silvia Virgilio

Wild winds brought by ex-Cyclone June which crashed into the top of the North Island yesterday have calmed but delivered a final blow to an Auckland property this morning - bringing a tree down on a house and car.

The large tree came down on the Ashby Avenue property in St Heliers just before 7am, northern fire communications shift manager Jarron Philips said.

No injuries were reported.

At its height, the storm brought gusts of up to 90km/h at Auckland Airport and up to 100km/h to Manukau Heads and the Hauraki Gulf.

More than 5500 households were without power at one stage and firefighters were kept busy with weather-related calls coming in "thick and fast".

Power company Vector said all its customers were reconnected overnight.

The Fire Service was called to reports of trees being felled, roof tiles lifting and downed powerlines up until about 8pm.

"But overnight was pretty quiet," Mr Philips said.

The Fire Service reported a quiet night for the rest of the country.

MetService meteorologist Mike O'Connor said June had now passed to the southeast of the country.

A weak low was crossing the North Island today, bringing some showers, but "nothing major".

The sun would continue to be elusive today, with clouds covering the top half of the North Island, he said.

An active front was making its way up the South Island today, Mr O'Connor said.

"So the West Coast is going to get a period of heavy rain, followed by showers."

The front would reach the North Island tomorrow, bringing southwest winds and showers.

But sunshine should return for the end of the week, Mr O'Connor said.

WeatherWatch weather analyst Philip Duncan said that while today would be hotter, sunnier and drier for many regions, the forecast for tomorrow wasn't flash as another low barrelled into the South Island.

"The next two or three days will be windy across a number of regions, bringing scorching temperatures to some in the east but perhaps below average for some in the south and west of the nation."

The winds today were likely to push temperatures in the east of both islands into the mid-20s to early 30s.

This weekend a high pressure system would roll across the country, bringing mostly dry and warm to hot weather.

At this stage Auckland Anniversary weekend would have two mostly dry days, but there was a 60 per cent chance of rain or showers on Monday, Mr Duncan said.

- APNZ

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