Wild weather causes slips, power outages, transport disruptions
Bad weather in parts of the country has canceled flights, caused transportation disruptions on roads, caused slips and power outages.
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.
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.