24 Jul 2016

South Auckland properties flooded

12:21 pm on 24 July 2016

Houses have been flooded in rural South Auckland following rough weather overnight.

The homes in Waiau Pa were flooded due to a king tide.

Rain and strong winds around the upper North Island has resulted in numerous call-outs for the Fire Service.

It had about 20 calls of powerlines and trees coming down, but nothing major, a spokesperson said.

Two roads in Porirua were also closed because of waves from the Pauatahanui inlet crashing onto the road.

They have since reopened.

Power is out in some West Auckland suburbs and is expected to be restored this afternoon.

MetService said although most of the bad weather has made its way across the country there was still some severe weather warnings in place.

Meteorologist Peter Little said a rain warning was in place for the West Coast of the South Island, and thunderstorms were expected to hit Nelson, Buller and Westland later today.

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) meteorologist Ben Noll said last night that he expected the east coast of both islands would bear the brunt of the blustering winds.

MetService has also warned of severe winds up to 140km/h in Wellington, Wairarapa and the Marlborough Sounds possibly until Sunday afternoon.

Taranaki, Taihape, Whanganui, Manawatu, Horowhenua, the Kāpiti Coast were also warned of winds up to 120km/h through to Sunday, possible with severe gales until Sunday evening.

Mr Noll said the windy conditions should die down by Monday.