Some Auckland residents woke up to a scene of chaos this morning as damaging wind gusts ripped through the city and suburbs.
A deep low pressure system brought an intense 170km/h wind gust in the Gulf, knocking down trees and power lines, closing roads and schools and leaving residents struggling in the morning without power. Heavy rain also led to dangerous driving conditions and localised flooding.
The low has slipped to the southwest, with the strong wind and rain warnings now lifted over Northland, Auckland and the Coromandel. Heavy rain warnings still remain in place for the western Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Tarurua Ranges, Taihape, Kiakoura Coast as well as Nelson and Marlborough in the South Island.
Parts of Gibsorne and Hawke's Bay are likely to see another 100-300mm in the rain gauge before the low moves offshore on Friday.
New Zealanders will not have to wait long for the next round of wintry wind and gumboot weather. A large cold front will cross the Tasman, arriving at the West Coast on Monday, before spreading showers and gusty southerlies over the remainder of the nation on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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08:42 EST Federal Liberal MP for Paterson Bob Baldwin is warning anyone making false claims to receive emergency funds for storm damage will be held to account.