Wild weather causes slips, power outages, transport disruptions


Follow our live updates as wild weather hit parts of New Zealand on Sunday.

What do you want to know:

– Flights have been canceled

– Auckland Harbor Bridge has reopened after being closed earlier due to high winds

– Slides and flooding in parts of the North Island

– Loss of power in some parts of the country resulting in some loss of cell phone service

3:24 p.m. Watch huge waves crash onto the New Plymouth coast as the wild weather hits the Taranaki. Read more.

3:15 p.m. Fire and emergency services are currently responding to more than 300 calls for help across the country. The agency said most of the calls were related to trees and downed power lines. The majority of calls took place in Auckland, Wellington, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki.

3:02 p.m. MetService says winds have now eased in Auckland below thresholds to be classified as severe.

The city’s strong wind warning was due to expire at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Heavy rain warnings were due to expire in the Taranaki, Taupō and Tongariro National Park area at 3 p.m. Alongside Auckland, Waikato, Waitomo, the Coromandel Peninsula and the Bay of Plenty (west of Papamoa) also had strong wind warnings due to expire at 3 p.m.

2:52 p.m. In a statement, Air New Zealand said it had canceled at least 100 flights with more potentially to come on Sunday afternoon and evening. He said he would arrange recovery flights for some affected customers.

The airline said booked customers were advised to change flight dates online as its call centers were experiencing a high volume of calls.

2:40 p.m. The Auckland Harbor Bridge has now reopened after being closed due to high winds, Waka Kotahi NZTA announced. Speed ​​restrictions are in place and motorists are advised to exercise caution as strong winds still affect the area.

Bus riders are advised by Auckland Transport that services across the bridge will return to normal.

2:07 p.m. A photo taken east of Carterton shows severe flooding on a road.

Severe flooding on a road near Carterton.

1:58 p.m. Northpower is urging its power customers to prepare for “long” outages due to “significant damage” to its network.

He said his crews were still trying to understand the extent of weather-related damage.

“We are working hard, but it would be prudent for those affected to plan to have no power today and possibly tomorrow,” network chief executive Josie Boyd said.

“We will update our website with the latest information on individual outages as they occur.”

In many areas, trees and vegetation will need to be cleared before repairs can begin and additional resources brought in, according to Northpower.

1:47 p.m. Footage shot by 1News shows a car caught in a major landslide in Plimmerton, north of Wellington. Watch the video below.

1:32 p.m. The wind is currently blowing at more than 105 km / h on the Auckland Harbor Bridge and motorists should postpone non-essential travel, according to Waka Kotahi.

Traffic cameras showed the highway leading to the Harbor Bridge was quiet around 1:30 p.m.

Camera view of State Highway 1 southbound near the Onewa Road on-ramp.  The Auckland Harbor Bridge, part of the highway further south, is currently closed.

“Driving conditions are dangerous in many areas, with the risk of surface flooding, slips, falling tree branches or falling power lines, and people should avoid non-essential travel in these areas. “, said the agency’s emergency response manager, Mark Owen.

1:09 p.m. Earlier, MetService said former Tropical Cyclone Dovi would track east toward Hawke’s Bay by Sunday afternoon.

WeatherWatch said remnants of the tropical cyclone first made landfall around noon near Waitomo.

12:55 p.m. Photos show slides created by bad weather in Melling.

A slide off State Highway 2 in Melling.

12:47 New photos posted by Civil Protection on Twitter shows earlier flooding at Plimmerton roundabout.

Flooding at a roundabout on State Highway 59 northbound in Plimmerton.

12:35 p.m. The website of network infrastructure provider Chorus shows significant disruption to copper phone and internet services in parts of Northland.

Meanwhile, Spark says mobile customers in some cities in the region may have lost phone, text and data services.

Spark outage map showing locations where outages have been reported in the Far North.

Outages were reported on Spark’s mobile phone network in Karikari Peninsula, Kerikeri, Kaitaia, Kaipara, Ahipara, Tōwai, Helena Bay, Taupō Bay, Kāeo, Waiharara and Russell.

12:18 p.m. Some passenger train services are experiencing significant delays and cancellations in Auckland and Wellington due to adverse weather conditions.

Services on Wellington’s Hutt Valley train line have just resumed following receipt of track clearance. Meanwhile, Johnsonville Line services were replaced by buses as well as Kāpiti Line services between Porirua and Waikanae.

Several Auckland trains were also halted earlier on the Eastern and Southern train lines due to overhead line issues. Services are running but with cancellations and delays, according to Auckland Transport.

12:06 State Highway 1 is closed between Kaikōura and Waipara due to slips. Authorities said they aim to reopen the road to a single lane by mid-afternoon.

State Highway 67 from Hector to Mokihinui is also closed due to slips. Waka Kotahi is urging residents of the South Island to delay all non-essential travel due to weather conditions.

11:54 Spark clients are experiencing issues with the network. The telecom operator says: ‘We are currently experiencing a nationwide loss of all services. The outage began on February 13, 2022 at 11:24 a.m. Our techs are working on it now.”

11:50 a.m. There is surface flooding on a street in Masterton. The images show part of the street submerged in water.

Surface flooding on a Masterton street.

Earlier this morning:

Ten domestic flights to and from Auckland Airport were cancelled, while two others were delayed to 10 a.m. on Sunday morning. Two international flights were also delayed.

Police are urging motorists to avoid non-essential travel after more than 35 weather-related incidents were reported to Northland Police overnight.

There is also a power outage in the Far North with thousands of Top Energ customers affected.

Police have received several reports of landslides affecting roads and homes in the greater Wellington area, including a large landslide that hit three lanes of SH2 (Western Hutt Road), Korokoro to Lower Hutt, just before 12:30 p.m.

The occupants of a house at the top of the slide were evacuated.

It also forced the closure of a number of roads in the Wairarapa due to slips.

Meanwhile, a Carterton man got stuck in deep water following flooding on Kokotau Road. The man was able to exit the vehicle and was not injured. The road is now closed.

A car damaged by a tree in the Auckland suburb of Remuera.

Bad weather has also forced the closure of the Auckland Harbor Bridge, which “will remain closed until winds decrease to levels safe for travel”, a Waka Kotahi spokesperson said.

“Current safety protocols for the Waka Kotahi Bridge require the bridge to be closed to traffic when sustained wind gusts of 90 kph or greater affect the bridge.”

The Western Ring Route, on State Highways 16 and 18, remains open to traffic.

High winds in Auckland saw tree branches come loose, with one hitting a car.

It comes after MetService issued a severe weather warning for central and northern New Zealand on Sunday as former Tropical Cyclone Dovi swept through the central North Island on Sunday morning and afternoon , before it was forced to move southeast.

Orange heavy rain warnings are in place for Taranaki; Tongariro and Taupō National Park around and south of Tūrangi; Tasmania west of Motueka; Horowhenua and Kapiti; Marlborough Sounds, Richmond and Bryant Ranges and Rai Valley; the Tararua Ranges; Wellington and Wairarapa, excluding Tararua District; Buller and Nelson lake chains; and eastern Marlborough around and south of Ward, and eastern parts of Canterbury around and north of Culverden.

An orange strong wind warning is in place for Auckland; Waikato, Waitomo, Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Plenty west of Papamoa; the Taranaki; Coastal Hawke Bay, including the Mahia Peninsula; the Wairarapa; and Wellington and the Marlborough Sounds.

MetService said large and dangerous waves with the potential for dangerous cross-currents and rips are expected when Cyclone DovI crosses the country, with the biggest waves expected on the west coast of the North Island until Sunday after -midday.

Heavy rain affecting areas from Canterbury to the central North Island is expected to ease on Sunday afternoon as the cyclone moves away.

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