12 Dec 2023

Thunderstorm update with MetService meteorologist John Crouch

From Nights, 10:25 pm on 12 December 2023

A severe thunderstorm battered the Wellington and Wairarapa regions today with winds, hail, heavy rain and lightning strikes. The thunderstorm initially hit Canterbury this morning before moving north, and is expected to continue to move up the East Coast of the North Island this evening. More than 2000 people lost power in Wellington, residential streets were flooded, and eye witnesses have described a 'mini tornado' hitting buildings in the Hutt Valley, with shop windows shattered and roofs coming loose. Just after 5pm, it was announced two people had been taken to Hutt Hospital, one in a serious condition and one in a moderate condition. MetService meteorologist John Crouch tells Mark Leishman the latest.