Aucklanders have been warned to brace for flooding and wind
damage as a storm passes over the city this afternoon and
Southeast winds with gusts of up to 130km/h are possible
across the region, while the heaviest rainfall is expected
MetService spokesman Dan Corbett said the winds were now
building in Auckland, reaching 50 to 60km/h on the Harbour
Bridge at 3pm this afternoon.
Exposed coastal areas and gulf islands were already
experiencing winds of up to 100km/h.
The worst of the storm was currently lying over the Hauraki
Gulf, and was expected to move across Auckland this
afternoon, with the worst of the wind and rain between 4pm
"It's like a big boomerang of rain that's just sweeping in
from the gulf,'' Mr Corbett said.
"Winds are going to continue to pick up over the next two to
five hours or so, so unfortunately the timing is for a very
wet and windy commute home in Auckland.''
Mr Corbett said the low pressure would lead to a higher tide,
which coupled with a heavy swell and high winds could mean
some coastal flooding.
Auckland Council and Civil Defence said low-lying coastal
roads and reserves were likely to be affected, particularly
either side of the peak tide at 11pm.
Coastal flooding is expected between 9.30pm and 12.30am, and
contractors are on standby for sand-bagging and other
Residents are asked to secure any loose items, and be careful
Auckland Council is providing updates on
facebook.com/aklcouncil, and on twitter @aklcouncil.
Flooding should be reported to Auckland Council on 09 301
Severe weather warnings
Heavy rain: Eastern hills of Northland, Coromandel
Peninsula, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay and hills south of Cape
Kidnappers, Eastern Marlborough, including the Sounds and
Kaikoura Coast and Ranges.
Strong winds: Northland, Auckland, Coromandel
Peninsula, Eastern Waikato, The central North Island high
country from Mangakino to the lee of the Ruahine Range,
Taranaki, Horowhenua and the Kapiti Coast, also the