The wild storm that has been pounding much of the country
over the past few days has now reached Auckland, the
"But it's slowly easing - it's losing a lot of its bark and
its bite that it had over the last 24 to 48 hours,"
forecaster Daniel Corbett said.
"But Auckland is in for a wet and windy day."
The "back edge" of the front, that brought savage winds and
heavy rain to the South Island and lower North Island, was
now in Manawatu and over the Central Plateau.
Rain had just reached Auckland and extended west to Taranaki,
Mr Corbett said.
"There still are some stronger winds ... across some eastern
areas - Gisborne and Hawkes Bay.
"But those are a far cry from what they were through the
Winds in Wellington had eased to about half the strength they
were yesterday, Mr Corbett said.
Rain warnings were in place for Taihape through to Taupo, he
"Also the Eastern Bay of Plenty - they'll get some heavy rain
through later this morning and the afternoon."
Further south in Canterbury, the weather had calmed and was
bright and sunny, Mr Corbett said.
The weather would continue to improve, and by Sunday and
Monday the stormy conditions should clear for most of the
"Those days look good, with dry weather for much of the
- Rebecca Quilliam of APNZ