The severe thunderstorm watch that was issued for parts of the North Island on Wednesday has now been lifted.

MetService said the downpours could be intense, bringing up to 50mm of rain per hour.

He warned of possible surface or flash flooding, especially in low-lying areas such as streams, rivers or narrow valleys. Driving conditions can also be dangerous.

Savage weather hit central Auckland on Monday morning.

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Savage weather hit central Auckland on Monday morning.

MetService issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Auckland, Northland and Waikato until 9 p.m. Wednesday.

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South Auckland was hardest hit by the bad weather before 8 p.m., with flooding in basements and garages at Papatoetoe.

Flooding in Papatoetoe after a storm on Wednesday night.

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Flooding in Papatoetoe after a storm on Wednesday night.

Three people were trapped in their cars due to flooding outside St George Bowls club but managed to get their cars out without help, Fire and Emergency New Zealand said. Thing.

Workers at the Puhinui mobile workshop, located a few minutes up the road, said floodwaters at the deepest point of the road were waist high.

A swollen stream in Papatoetoe, following heavy rain.

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A swollen stream in Papatoetoe, following heavy rain.

A band of heavy rain is also expected to hit eastern Bay of Plenty and northern Gisborne, where a severe thunderstorm watch is in place from 4pm to midnight.

At 5:30 p.m., MetService said weather radar detected severe thunderstorms in Northland near Bream Head, Pataua and Taiharuru. The warning for these areas was lifted shortly after 6 p.m.

The weekend promises to be much more beautiful in Auckland. Saturday looks clear with southwesterly winds and Sunday is overcast with developing showers.

Thunderstorms, rain and lightning battered Auckland on Monday, flooding streets, damaging businesses and even shutting down several vaccination centres.

Thunderstorm warnings were issued for the Kāpati coast on Tuesday evening.

A previous severe thunderstorm watch warning in place for parts of Hawke’s Bay and Tararua on Tuesday evening has been lifted.

Auckland Traffic News

Due to works on Kohimarama Rd between Kepa Rd and Hawera Rd, bus route 781 is being diverted.

Auckland Transport asks travelers to check “Live Departures” on AT’s mobile app to see the affected stops.

Meanwhile, Waka Kotahi is asking motorists to prepare for surface water and hazardous driving conditions across Auckland and Northland due to expected thunderstorms.

Commuters can expect delays on the southern freeway near the Tecoma St exit ramp after earlier flooding.

A few traffic incidents caused slight delays in the early hours of the morning, an accident on State Highway 1 near the Papakura off-ramp blocked the far left lane at 6 a.m.

Another accident happened near the Ellerslie-Panmure freeway off-ramp, and yet another on SH16 for those driving into town.

A second accident occurred on SH1 near the Papakura off-ramp at 6:50 a.m., then another near the SH20 connections, both causing delays. The first remains to be cleared, while the second was cleared shortly after 7 a.m.

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