Storm update | Wind warning for Auckland region

More severe weather is likely to hit the Auckland region in the next 24 hours and Aucklanders are urged to be prepared.

The intense weather is not over yet and high winds are expected to hit the region tomorrow morning, bringing further disruption.

High winds may bring trees and powerlines down. Power companies are already managing some outages and are on standby for tomorrow.

Heavy rain and strong winds are forecast to return to the region between about 7am and 2pm, give or take.

The worst of the wind and rain should occur around noon or in the early afternoon and localised gusts of 120 km/hr are possible.

“In addition, there is a low risk of small tornadoes in coastal locations

What does this mean for you?

· Secure outdoor furniture and items

· Have a torch and battery-operated radio handy in case of power outages

· Avoid travel if possible. If you must go out, drive to the conditions – look out for debris and never drive through floodwater

· Bring pets inside overnight

· Consider closing curtains if windows may be broken by trees or debris

· Look out for neighbours and check on any that need help.

If life or property is at risk, call 111. If you experience stormwater issues or trees down on public land, call Auckland Council on (09) 301 0101. Council and emergency services are experiencing high call volumes so please be patient or call again later if your matter is not urgent.

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