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Heavy rain and wind intensifies around Auckland

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More than 1000 Auckland houses are still without power as heavy rain and wind intensifies around the region.

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MetService has issued a severe weather warning for most of the country, with Northland, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Nelson, Westland and Canterbury set to get the same heavy weather lashing Auckland,, Radio NZ reported.

Lines company Vector said about 2000 properties in Auckland had had power cut after rain and wind brought down power lines.

Of those, 1100 were still waiting for power to be restored.

Up to 80mm was forecast for the city today, with peak intensities of 35mm an hour.

The wind strength in Auckland was also growing, with gusts of more than 90kmh recorded on the Harbour Bridge, with average wind speeds of 65kmh.

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