Auckland weather: 350 homes still without electricity
About 350 Auckland homes remain without power due to blackouts caused by high winds hitting the city, the Vector lines company said in an update at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
He said crews were on site all day and would work through the night to restore power where it is safe to do so.
Vector spokeswoman Sophie Coley said the numbers are expected to drop overnight as more people have their power restored.
Previously, 2,000 homes in Auckland were experiencing blackouts, with Vector recounting Things teams were working hard to reconnect homes and businesses.
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A spokeswoman for Vector said that due to the extent of the damage, some connections would take longer to repair.
Meanwhile, Metservice meteorologist Andy Best said the strong winds were “about to disappear” as wind speeds are expected to decrease overnight in Auckland.
Best said southwest winds are expected to drop to 61 km / h this evening and are expected to continue to decrease to 15 km / h by 3 a.m.
Metservice’s strong wind watch for the Wellington and Kaikoura coasts is due to expire at 11 p.m. Tuesday, but Chatham Islands watch will remain until 11 p.m. Wednesday.
Trees have fallen and the city’s roads are littered with debris. Motorists are urged to drive with caution as the area grapples with widespread damage from extreme overnight gales.
Henderson, Glen Eden, Titirangi, Helensville and further north to Kaukapakapa all experience blackouts.
But meteorologists are convinced that the worst is over.
MetService meteorologist Tui McInnes said that at 8 a.m. there were gusts of up to 87 km / h over the Harbor Bridge. By noon the wind speed had dropped to 55-60 km / h.
“For every hour you can cut about 5-10 km / h from the wind speed. It should be a little lighter in the late afternoon, ”said McInnes.
However a strong wind watch stays in place for the country’s largest city until 2 p.m.
A spokeswoman for Vector said members of the public should avoid Clemos Lane and Jack Hinton Drive in Albany because winds had knocked down two high-voltage power lines and the road was closed for safety reasons.
The outage map on Vector’s website revealed the worst-hit areas, including Auckland City and West Auckland.
Counties Power released an image confirming that the southwestern areas are suffering from power outages. A statement confirmed that there will be long resolution times as crews work safely in high winds.
High winds are affecting the Auckland Harbor Bridge, with delays expected for incoming traffic on State Highway 1, New Zealand transport agency Waka Kotahi said in a statement.
Winds were gusting to around 80 km / h at 6:30 a.m., but MetService said they could reach 110 km / h throughout the morning, NZTA said.
Stacked shipping containers had overturned in wild weather at the Auckland Ports Storage Facility, where a worker died in an abnormal tornado in June.
A cold front moves up the country over the next few days reminding us that we are still in the middle of winter.
The containers appeared to be stacked eight high, a reporter said at the scene.
Speed restrictions are in place on the Auckland Harbor Bridge, with traffic in the city reduced to four lanes instead of the usual five. Auckland Transport said the lanes could be closed in the morning due to high winds.
A woman from Mount Roskill was woken up at 3 a.m. by her neighbor with news that a large tree had fallen over her car, destroying it.
Serra Posoni, who has lived on Glass Rd for almost 36 years, said the neighbor asked Kāinga Ora to have the tree removed, fearing an event like this morning’s could take place.
“It’s sad that he [the neighbour] has been trying to get rid of it for so long, but nothing has been done since, ”Posoni said.
“Whenever there was a storm he was afraid it would fall – it has been leaning for a while now. They cut it a bit, but it’s not enough.
The seven-seater Ford territory contained many items belonging to the Pesoni family. She has accepted that she probably won’t make it to work this morning.
“We are a fairly athletic family – we had all the sports equipment for the kids, tents and chairs. It’s a family car, so it’s never empty.
Auckland Transport said response teams were witnessing multiple incidents in the city, including fallen trees and power outages affecting traffic lights.
A spokeswoman for New Zealand’s fire and emergency services said that between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m., fire crews had been called in for 128 weather-related incidents.
Fortunately, the houses in Papatoetoe that were damaged by a tornado over a month ago have managed to withstand the high winds without any further damage.
Many houses with damaged roofs are now covered with large plastic membranes. And those who still use tarps to cover the holes managed to escape the storm with their tarps intact.
But residents of Papatoetoe like Evan Reece were not without concern.
He said the storm kept him from sleeping for part of the night because the last time strong winds hit him he lost part of his roof.
On the water, a double-masted yacht that is often found in St Heliers Bay was blown dangerously close to the rocks near Achilles Point.
At noon, a New Zealand Coast Guard spokeswoman said the two people who lived on board had been checked by police and were doing well.
The pair waited for the tide to lift their boat off the rocks and take them into deeper water, she said.
A number of homes in Waikato have also been affected by blackouts, with West Waikato and the Coromandel being the two areas most affected.
A weather trough crossed the upper part of the North Island overnight, and southwest gales followed in its wake, bringing wild and windy weather to parts of the North Island on Tuesday morning. .
According to the Niwa Crown Research Institute, “potentially damaging strong gusts of wind” will hit parts of the Auckland and Northland areas, while MetService said southwesterly winds could approach gale force. wind in exposed areas, especially west of Auckland.
The strong wind watch in place until 2 p.m. also covers Northland, Great Barrier Island and the Coromandel Peninsula, north of the Thames and Tairua.
Another strong wind watch will be in place for Wellington and the Kaikōura coast from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Galeful southerly winds are expected to develop over eastern areas from Canterbury to Gisborne, with strong winds expected in Wellington and the Kaikōura coast on Tuesday afternoon.
A cold south to southwest flow spreading across New Zealand on Tuesday may bring heavy showers and small hail in parts. MetService warns that wind gusts could reach up to 110 km / h in isolated areas.
There is a low risk of thunderstorms for the west coasts from Waitomo north to Northland on Tuesday morning.
The humid windy area is expected to subside from the South Island throughout the day after rain hits the area overnight.
Snowfall road warnings remained in place for some alpine passes, including Arthur’s Pass, Lewis Pass and Lindis Pass, said MetService meteorologist Alwyn Bakker.
A brief period of good weather was expected Wednesday before the showers returned on Thursday, he said.