North Island weather problems

There has been wind and rain and cold in the south, but nothing overly dramatic (early in the year for a storm like this but otherwise not out of the ordinary).

The worst of the southerly blast has hit central New Zealand, and moved north to hammer Auckland overnight.

Stuff summarises: Widespread power cuts after winds pummel Auckland, downing power lines and uprooting trees

UESDAY’S STORM:

– Tornados, thunderstorms, gales and snow hit NZ on Tuesday

– A tornado destroyed one home and damaged five others in the National Park Village, Ruapehu.

– Earlier, another tornado ripped through coastal towns in Taranaki, felling trees and bringing off roofs

– Torrential rain, thunder and up to 6000 lightning strikes hit communities on the west coast south of New Plymouth

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

– Wind gusts as strong as 213kmh hit Auckland, causing widespread power outages, taking down trees and halting operations at the airport.

That is unusually strong winds.

– 100,000 people were left without power across Auckland, many overnight. Vector were still reporting 150 outages around the Auckland region as at 6.30am.

– A woman has moderate injuries and has been taken to hospital after a tree came down on her car, trapping her inside, in New North Rd, Kingsland.

– Snow closed the Desert Road as snow fell as low as 500m in the North Island overnight.

– Wednesday is going to be rough, with the early winter storm set to continue in parts of NZ

Be careful out there and wrap up warm.

A meteorologist on Newshub has just said that we should expect more extremes like this over the coming decades.

32 Comments

  1. lurcher1948

     /  April 11, 2018

    We should start a give a little page for Auckland or maybe…not

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  April 11, 2018

      Not.

      • lurcher1948

         /  April 11, 2018

        I feel bad for Auckland,i have 2 long extension leads and (LETS DO IT) with a few more leads we could hear them moaning, about the lack of smashed avocados for breakfast

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  April 11, 2018

          I have a spare 3m one.

          • lurcher1948

             /  April 11, 2018

            I feel your generosity…

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 11, 2018

              Thank you 🙂 I can spare it for those poor people, I do have a long one, but I need it for the mower.

  2. Gezza

     /  April 11, 2018

    Still cutting up rough in North Welly. Heater on last night: -30° altho strangely no snow – unless I had the thermometer upside down – eyesight not the best at night at my age.

    Gales last night & still very blustery this morning. One young, inexperienced pook, named Pickles, blown off the fence at breakfast time, & Aspen, gripping the 7-foot-high trellis top outside my kitchen with his clown-shoe-length toes, hanging on to his favourite perch like grim death, faced into & daring the gale to take him on – like a staunch Wellingtonian always does – also ingloriously blown off it backwards!

    Made him look a bit of a 🦃 tbh.

    • Ray

       /  April 11, 2018

      Genuine lol Gezza with that last line.
      Love your menagerie stories

      • Gezza

         /  April 11, 2018

        Luv ya an Irish brother for that, Ray ❤️☘. Wait’ll you see The Movie. 🎈🎉

    • Gezza

       /  April 11, 2018

      Gawd! Just been out in the back yard. The Southerly is howling straight up the stream. It’s not raining at least but the wind cuts straight thru whatever you’re wearing – it’s icy as. Taped the little fireman gnome thermometer to a fence post top to see what the temp is with the wind chill factor.

      Can’t be all that bad at Welly airport though. Planes are going over heading in to it. Sort of. They seem to stay in roughly the same place for quite a long time. Will be a fun day for landings there for any newbies, I imagine. Should be real wing-flappers 😀

      • Gezza

         /  April 11, 2018

        Hmm. 13 and 3 pukekos degrees C. Not as cold as I thought. Feels much colder. Wind still roaring.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  April 11, 2018

      Heater ? Wot’s that ?

  3. Gezza

     /  April 11, 2018

    Useday must be a Stuff reporter’s dialect.

  4. Not like we’ve ever experienced weather like this before this time of year.
    Well except for 50 years ago

    • Jeff

       /  April 11, 2018

      And that was far worse.I spent the night evacuating people out of homes in Christchurch and my fiancee of the time was on a certain boat in Wellington Harbor..

  5. Pickled Possum

     /  April 11, 2018

    Up here in the far North, it feels like snow is mixed in with the rain.
    Fire going with some Puriri mixed in to make the bath water HOT as.
    Bacon Eggs Onions and HM bread for breakfast all yummy
    and cooked on the stove is delis.
    No power outages here, as the solar 😉 windmill and genni, all systems go.

    As long as wifi stays up Life is as normal for Autumn.
    Hope you got a warm jumper for the cold Gez.

    • Gezza

       /  April 11, 2018

      Yup. Got me dad’s warm, long, quality, quilted & padded Pagani jacket on the back of a dining table chair & wooly hat because it would be bye bye cap if I worse the pooks’ favourite. The way the wind is you’d probably see it go by up there. Ma’s been on the blower, Poss. Threatening me with dire consequences if I’m: “… out there in that freezing wind with those birds!”

      • Gezza

         /  April 11, 2018

        Damn!
        * wore the pooks etc
        I need a lie down, I think.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  April 11, 2018

          I read an old quote about Wellington recently, about how if a Wellington man loses his hat in the wind, he doesn’t go after it, he just waits for another one to come along 😀

          I have ‘done a Marilyn Monroe’ a few times in wind. The bridge at the end of my street has a low wall (stupid design) and if one is wearing a full skirt on a windy day….

          I once saw a poor chook being blown along in the wind in Wellington. The poor thing was having to run as fast as the wind (it didn’t try to fly for some reason) and was going too fast to be caught. It disappeared in the end, we thought it must have found a dip to dive into. It was impossible not to laugh, I regret to say.

  6. Zedd

     /  April 11, 2018

    Its definitey looking like winters-a-comin’.. rain & wind overnight in Sth D.. even had snow on the hill suburbs yesterday

    BUT I hear it nothing compared to Akld ?

  7. Alan Wilkinson

     /  April 11, 2018

    Sunny and calm in the Bay of Islands. Cool with a light southerly.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  April 11, 2018

      Ditto here, It seems cold because it’s down a few degrees. We did have wind and rain last night, and a power cut that made a fuse go (why only one ?) I am neurotic about power cuts as we used to have quite a few, so am well prepared with lights. Those LED ones are great. I keep one on the dunny wall as well as some on the side of the fridge. They are powerful enough for reading by, too, The dog acts as a living hotwater bottle to warm the bed.

      • Gezza

         /  April 11, 2018

        Yeah dogs are excellent for that! Cat’s aren’t too bad either. 😀

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  April 11, 2018

          Cats are small but provide warmth out of all proportion to their size. One on each side is ideal. One down at the bottom of the bed as well would be real luxury.

          The Samoyeds who visit next door would be brilliant if one had a large enough bed, as there are three of them.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  April 11, 2018

            Trouble with cats is they hang on with claws when you try to kick them off. Can be painful.

            • Gezza

               /  April 11, 2018

              Some politicians can be like that!

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 11, 2018

              One of mine used to walk up me (so to speak) with icy feet. She’d go under my nightdress and do this, and I never got used to it. It was like ice cubes on my legs and back.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  April 11, 2018

      Lit the fire now. First this winter. My small contribution to much needed global warming.

      • Gezza

         /  April 11, 2018

        Whoop – lightning flash: rolling thunder 6 seconds after. Wind’s dropped. Thought it was petering out. Fastway Couriers customer service girl said it was hailing in Lower Hutt – I could hear it. My trademe order should get delivered tomorrow – now I’ve rung. Picked up in Auckland 3 April. Suggested they rename the company Slowway.

        • Gezza

           /  April 11, 2018

          Massive hail storm just hit Tawa, hit Wellington earlier. Passed over now, thank goodness. Poor blimmin Sweety & Pickles standing there on the fence getting pelted trying to figure it out – that’s the first one they’ve seen! I’m yelling at them to get under bloody cover – God I wish they had better understanding of English.

          • Gezza

             /  April 11, 2018

            Ha – Pickles likes it! Picking the hailstones off the ground – going “Woohoo – pukeko ice cream!!” 😀