Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Strong winds batter Auckland: Power outages, roads blocked

Auckland emergency services have been in overdrive tonight, dealing with a number of weather-related incidents, including power outages.

Outages have occurred at several different locations around the city and wider Vector network, according to the Vector Outage Map.

Inside of Auckland city, areas of Titirangi, Mount Eden and into Kingsland, Herne Bay, two areas of Otahuhu were experiencing outages at 9.20pm.

Muriwai through Waimauku and towards Taupaki have lost power too, as has an area of Whangaparaoa near Gulf Harbour.

Small pockets of power have also been lost near Puhoi, Warkworth, Tauhoa, and Wellsford.

A police spokeswoman said they have received a number of calls from the public about wind-related incidents.

“We’ve had a number of calls about fencing, timber, other material from building sites blowing onto the road – Takapuna, Otahuhu,” she said.

“We’ve had a few reports of trees or branches blocking roads – Kohimarama, Epsom, Mt Roskill, Clendon Park, Kumeu, Waitoki, Northwestern motorway, Pukekohe.”

Vector said a number of areas throughout Auckland had been experiencing power outages.

Vector spokesman Andre Botha said it was impossible to pinpoint how many homes had been impacted but there were a number of faults across the network.

When he left the office around 8.20pm there were at least 10 faults on the network, he said.

A number of crews would be working through the night Botha said and members of the public without power are asked to remain patient.

Carly Bishop, who lives in Mount Eden, hasn’t had power since around 6.40pm and has resorted to knitting by solar powered fairy-light.

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