Stormy weather toppled a tree in West Auckland early today and the wild weather is expected to continue for most of the week.
Huia Rd in Titirangi was blocked on both directions as council staff worked to clear the debris.
In another weather related call-out the fire service last night helped prevent flooding on the North Shore.
The fire crew was called to Forrest Hill about 8.50pm where residents feared a blocked drain on a neighbouring section may cause their properties to flood.
A fire service spokesman said they cleared the drain and pumped water off the section.
MetService meteorologist Daniel Corbett said the heavy rain was expected to ease as the week progressed.
"It's an umbrella day today - it's a soggy day and the rain is just spreading its way through."
Those heavy burst of rains are expected to gradually drift toward the Coromandel and Bay of Plenty.
He said to expect showers and the odd thunderstorm through to Thursday, but the sun is expected to break through the clouds by the weekend.
"We have to a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel to look forward to."
The chance of sunshine will offer reprieve for the hundreds of Auckland residents struck down by the flu.
The city's hospitals and emergency clinics have reported a spike in patients suffering from the flu this winter.
New Zealanders eligible for free flu immunisation have just one more week to be vaccinated before the Government-subsidised campaign ends. Flu immunisation is free for New Zealanders at risk of more severe disease and complications, including pregnant women, people aged 65 and over, and anyone with ongoing health conditions.
The current flu vaccine covers three influenza A and B strains circulating in New Zealand.
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