Thunderstorms and hail batter Auckland

By Cassandra Mason

A storm is hitting Auckland. Photo / Doug Sherring
A storm is hitting Auckland. Photo / Doug Sherring

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Auckland has been hit by power outages after a burst of heavy rain, isolated thunderstorms, isolated hail and localised damaging gales pushed across most of the region this evening.

Vector said all 790 customers in Albany and 866 customers in Woodlands Park have had their power fully restored.

The Kelston outage has been partially restored with just 138 customers now remaining without power, Vector said.

Vector said crews were working on the faults but were having to battle heavy traffic to get to some of them.

Spokeswoman Sandy Hodge said all lines should be treated as live, and any lines brought down by lightning should be reported to 111.

weather conditions were expected to ease for most places from 6pm, WeatherWatch said.
Isolated showers - some heavy - will remain this evening and clear overnight.

MetService meteorologist Rob Kerr said thunderstorms would move from Taranaki to Waikato and across Auckland to parts of Northland.

Lightning was possible, as were hail stones between 5mm and 10mm in diameter.


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