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Auckland residents were cleaning up debris this morning after a brief blast of heavy weather last night caused damage on the North Shore, lifting off roofs and felling trees.
The Fire Service responded to about three individual incidents in Devonport after what residents described as a tornado tore through the suburb.
However, MetService says the damage was likely caused by "squally weather" rather than a tornado.
Water spouts were spotted in the Waitemata Harbour between Devonport and Auckland City earlier in the evening, but it was unclear whether the twisters made it on land, meteorologist Allister Gorman said.
The Fire Service worked with the power company Vector last night to help tidy up debris scattered around the suburb where trees and power lines were brought down around Vauxhall Rd and Wairoa Rd.
Firefighters helped waterproof homes with tarpaulins after roofs were ripped off and roads were closed while trees and metal sheeting were cleaned up.
The city had been told to expect thunderstorms and received a tornado warning, but despite heavy rain the event was brief and emergency services did not respond to any flooding.
Forecasts for severe thunderstorms covered much of the North Island yesterday, with wind gusts topping 110kmh and small tornadoes forecast for Northland, Auckland, Waikato, the Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Plenty.
The spring system has brought cold heavy rain in Marlborough and Canterbury, with snow reaching 300 metres in the high country.
"It's a mixed bag of weather over the country," Gorman said.
"The best place to be at the moment is Otago or Southland. Everywhere else has got some interesting weather."
And while more snow is expected for Canterbury and high winds for Wellington, the weather is expected to ease today as the low pressure system moves east off the North Island.
But the wet and windy weather is expected to return later in the week and into the weekend as an active pattern of lows spreads across New Zealand starting on Thursday.
An even-deeper low will arrive on Friday night and into Saturday, bringing storms, westerly winds and gales around the coasts.
"Keep your rain coat handy," said Metservice meteorologist, Daniel Corbett.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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