City commuters battle the conditions. Photo / Natalie Slade
Hundreds of North Island residents are without power this
morning following last night's wild weather.
Heavy rain and strong gales lashed the upper half of the
North Island overnight - with some residents reporting
flooding and lifted roof tiles in their homes.
Lines company Vector said 1200 customers in Oratia and Hunua
were without power, down from 6600 homes during the night.
Crews were continuing to work frantically to restore power, a
Fallen trees, debris and flooding had also closed several
roads around the North Island.
Police, who received about 80 weather-related calls in the
northern area overnight, have shut off four roads.
Motorists have been advised the following roads are closed:
* Whangaparoa Road and surrounding roads on the Whangaparoa
* Hibiscus Cost Highway from the Southern Bridge to the
Northern Bridge at Orewa
* State Highway 16 from Kaukapakapa to Wellsford.
Northern police communications shift inspector Steve Kose
said Sunnyside Road in Coatesville, which had been shut off
due to flooding, was now open.
Anyone travelling should take extra care and report any
blockages on the road, he said.
The Fire Service spent the night responding to 175
Shift manager Megan Ruru said jobs were reported from
"all-over the place", including on Auckland's North Shore,
the Coromandel, East Coast and the Haurakai Gulf.
Felled trees due to the high winds, which reached 100 km/h in
exposed coastal areas and gulf islands, flooding and land
slips kept fire fighters busy, she said.
Five to six homes also reported property damage, including
some with lifted tiles.
Civil Defence also set up a emergency evacuation centre for
Orewa residents, whose homes received a battering in the
weather, however it was not needed.
- Teuila Fuatai of APNZ