Rebecca Quilliam

Rebecca Quilliam is senior reporter at the NZME. News Service office in Wellington.

Storm's effects linger on

Heavy wind and rain in Auckland on Thursday has resulted in some hot water pilots being switched off. Photo / NZ Herald / Dean Purcell
Heavy wind and rain in Auckland on Thursday has resulted in some hot water pilots being switched off. Photo / NZ Herald / Dean Purcell

Dozens of residents in pockets around northern and western Auckland remain without hot water following last week's bruising storm that crashed into the country.

A Vector spokeswoman said all the main pilots were reconnected, bringing hot showers back to most residents and they were now hearing from a handful of homeowners who were not connected to those main pilots.

Everyone in Auckland who lost electricity during ex-cyclone Ita's fury have had their power reconnected, she said.

About 500 homes on the West Coast in the South Island remained without power after last week's storm, RadioLive reported.

Meanwhile, MetService said some rainy days with westerly winds were in store for the country in the lead up to Anzac weekend.

"The westerly flow will bring some wet days along with some dry ones but overall it will not as active as the start of the Easter holiday,'' meteorologist Daniel Corbett said.

A large anticyclone in the North Tasman Sea would gradually build across the country over the next several days but ahead of this a couple of passing troughs would slide up the country today and tomorrow, bringing showery rain in places especially to western coasts.

The high would move over most of the country on Wednesday followed by another front in from the west later on Wednesday into Thursday, Mr Corbett said.

This front could bring some heavy rain for a time across parts of the west coast of the South Island.

- APNZ

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