Wild weekend weather here to stay
A storm which brewed overnight has uprooted trees in Auckland and it shows no sign of easing.
Firefighters have been under the pump today as gusty winds swept through the city, prompting more than 30 call outs this morning.
Fire communications manager Scott Osmond many of the jobs involved shifting trees which had blocked roads.
There had been some more delicate operations where they had fallen on to powerlines and one incident in Glen Innes where a tree had hit a house.
The occupants were unharmed.
Osmond said they expected to be busy for the next few hours before conditions were expected to settle.
The wild weather is expected to ease early this afternoon before a second front kicks in.
Police were advising people to avoid travelling unless necessary, but the wild weather has already forced many people across the country to spend their Saturday inside.
"We're expecting it to be clearing up fairly soon, but there will be showers this afternoon and this evening and some of them will be heavy," Metservice forecaster Nic Bonnette said.
There is a watch, and that is for strong winds. Winds may have turned north-west in Auckland and we're expecting them to be very gusty.
Winds are currently sweeping through the city at 45km/h, with the strongest at the "overexposed" Manukau Heads with a wind speed of 83km/h.
"Tomorrow the winds are going to turn around and ease a little bit, from the south-west, and a few showers," Bonnette said.
The wild weather is expected to continue through Monday and Tuesday with showers and light winds.