Wild weather batters Auckland

Accidents, breakdowns cause commuter chaos

MICHAEL FOX
Last updated 11:27 15/12/2011
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Aucklanders are battling the elements today as heavy showers hit the city - but there's a chance to dry out in the coming days.

MetService duty forecaster John Crouch said 26mm of rain has fallen across the city since Monday, and most of that fell last night.

Surface flooding has been reported on the North Shore, and motorway traffic stalled during a series of accidents and breakdowns early today. 

Power has been out to customers in Ostend, Palm Beach and Oneroa on Waiheke since just before 9am. Vector is investigating and hopes to have supplies back by 1pm.

Earlier, a cyclist was hit by a car on Shelly Beach Rd, near the Jervois Rd intersection around 8.20am and emergency services were called to the scene.

A St John ambulance spokesman said the cyclist received minor injuries. He was treated at the scene and returned home.

At 8am three city-bound cars crashed in the clip-on lane on the Harbour Bridge, a police communications spokesman said.

Earlier there was a three-car, nose-to-tail on the southern motorway, in the southbound lane, near Bairds Rd in Otara.

The spokesman said no-one was injured in the accident and the vehicles were moved to the shoulder of the road.

Then at 7.49am a truck heading south broke down in the fast lane near the Greenlane off-ramp.

Another truck from the same company was trying to tow it out of the way.

Auckland Transport said surface flooding had been reported in Sunnyfield Cr, Easton Park Parade and Manuka Rd in Glenfield.

It urged motorists to take extra care and drive to the conditions.

Crouch said the heavy showers and humidity should ease this afternoon, and there would be some sunny spells tomorrow.

Showers are due again on Saturday, but fine spells and even some sunshine are forecast for Sunday and Monday.

But the bad news is heavy rain is forecast to return later next week in the lead-up to Christmas.

The MetService's 10-day forecast through to Christmas Eve predicts rain, although Crouch stressed it was a long-range forecast which could be unpredictable.

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