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Residents in Tāmaki Makaurau and Northland are being urged to take shelter after thousands of lightning strikes and heavy rain blanketed the region.
MetService has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Kaipara, the Far North, Whangārei and Rodney and severe thunderstorm watch for Northland, Auckland, Aotea/ Great Barrier Island and the Coromandel.
SH1 SOUTHERN MWY - 9:55AM— Waka Kotahi NZTA Auckland & Northland (@WakaKotahiAkNth) March 20, 2022
Due to surface flooding, three southbound lanes are blocked after Penrose Rd overbridge. Drive with care and expect delays. ^LB pic.twitter.com/nOAAlD13qh
4000 lightning strikes have been recorded so far across the region with more than 700 in the space of five minutes early this morning.
Surface flooding has engulfed roads across the supercity and the southern motorway has had several lanes reduced at TipTop corner in Mount Wellington due to flooding.
SH1 SOUTHERN MWY - 10:05AM— Waka Kotahi NZTA Auckland & Northland (@WakaKotahiAkNth) March 20, 2022
Southbound lanes are now BLOCKED on #SH1 adjacent to Mt Wellington Hwy off-ramp due to surface flooding and a submerged vehicle. Expect delays. ^LB pic.twitter.com/DB8mIVQ2X0
Several schools have also released students or are requesting they do not attend class today on account of the storm.
The National Emergency Management Agency is urging people to stay inside away from windows as the weather crosses the rohe.