ST-20171114-60589-NZL – Extreme Weather – New Zealand – Australia – New-Zealand

A sudden storm has sprung a surprise on Auckland, with barrelling thunder, hundreds of lightning strikes and large hailstones thumping the region on Tuesday. MetService has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Northland, Auckland, Waikato and the Coromandel. There were 870 lightning strikes recorded across the country between 11am and 4.45pm, with 370 of those in Auckland, a MetService spokeswoman said. The large number of lightning strikes prompted Niwa to issue a warning to get off the water. The storm manifested itself in hyper-local pockets, with some Aucklanders not experiencing any ...

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