6 Jul 2017

Auckland drenched by thunderstorms

8:18 pm on 6 July 2017

Flooded houses, surface flooding on properties, roof leaks and blocked drains kept the Auckland fire service busy when stormy weather hit this evening.

MetService issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Auckland this evening.

All flights at Auckland Airport were suspended for about half an hour due to a lightning warning, but services were now up and running again.

At least 12 domestic flights and one international flight to Sydney have been cancelled this evening. Ten domestic flights have also been delayed.

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The storm over Auckland CBD just before 5pm Photo: Screenshot / Auckland webcam

A spokesperson at the airport said a lightning warning meant aircraft could not be refuelled and all domestic and international flights were affected.

MetService said the lightning came from a line of thunderstorms that passed over the city tonight and more may follow later in the evening. There were 405 lightning strikes over Auckland between 3 and 5pm, MetService said.

Surface flooding at Panmure train station has slowed rail services on the eastern line.

A spokesperson said people catching buses should also expect distruptions as drivers take extra care.

NZTA also warned drivers in the city to slow down as they made their way home this evening.