3 Jun 2015

Severe thunderstorm watch for Auckland

8:02 pm on 3 June 2015

Heavy rain in Auckland has prompted a flurry of emergency call-outs and MetService has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the city.

The Fire Service was called to Devonport after a ceiling collapsed under the weight of pooling rain - nobody was injured.

Fire crews were also sent to Auckland City Hospital after surface flooding on a road outside the hospital leaked into a couple of offices.

An Auckland District Health Board spokesperson said the flooding was minor and has not affected the running of the hospital.

MetService said 15 to 25 millimetres of rain had fallen in Auckland over the last three hours and another 10 to 20 millimetres was expected tonight.

It has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the city, as well as the southern parts of Northland and north Waikato.

Meanwhile, the Auckland Coastguard helped lead a ferry travelling from the city to Gulf Harbour into port when one of the ferry's engines stopped working.

However, the coastguard said the problem was not weather-related and all 84 passengers on the ferry were safe.

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