What you need to know: June 11

Last updated 14:00 11/06/2014

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AUCKLAND

- At the height of the storm there were 70,000 customers cut off. Lines company Vector has been working to restore power, but thousands remained cut off this afternoon.

- The Auckland Emergency Co-ordination Centre has received 126 reports of building damage, including 17 of significant damage.

- Non-essential staff have been sent home from Devonport Naval Base due to power outage.

- Auckland Zoo closed. There has been damage to the zoo but no animals were hurt.

- Yachts have been reported aground around the city, including one next to the harbour bridge.

- Traffic lights in several areas were this morning affected by power cuts.

- Traffic was reported to be generally flowing well mid-morning but there was still debris about.

- The Auckland Harbour Bridge was closed at the height of the storm which also tipped a truck crossing the bridge, but it was open in time for the morning commute.

- The Great North Rd on-ramp to the Northwestern Motorway has reopened after a fallen tree closed one lane.

- Trees and debris reportedly blocked one lane on the St Lukes Rd arterial route for the morning.

- In rural West Auckland, Oratia District School sent its pupils home as result of the power outage.

- Northcote Primary School is closed due to power outages, also affecting traffic lights at Onewa and Lake Rd intersection in Northcote.

- Trees are blocking the footpath on lower Onewa Rd and Lake Rd by the corner of Kawana St.

- The Auckland region Civil Defence is asking for damage, issues following the storm to be reported on its Facebook page.

WAIKATO/COROMANDEL

- Mercury Bay Area School in Whitianga and Opoutere School near Whangamata have closed for the day.

- Various roads and intersections closed on SH25 in the Coromandel due to trees and power lines down.

- Blacksmith Lane in Whitianga closed due to the dangers posed by flying roof iron.

- Slips have closed the coast road north of Thames.

- Slips are being worked on on the Raglan Road and to both the north and south of Whitianga.

- Police said a truck and trailer unit had rolled by the railway crossing on SH27 at Tatuanui about 5.30am. This was later cleared.

- A commercial boat was in trouble off Amodeo Bay on the western Coromandel coast after ropes wrapped around its propeller, but it is anchored about 200m offshore.

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- Flooding across parts of Hamilton.

- Power out across much of the northern Coromandel until about lunchtime.

- Police advising against all but essential travel.

NORTHLAND

- Rangiahua bridge on SH1 at Horeke was closed due to flooding last night, caution still advised.

EASTERN NORTH ISLAND

- Heavy rain warning in place for Western Bay of Plenty including Rotorua, Gisborne and Hawke's Bay as the storm moves south.

- People asked to watch out for rapidly rising rivers and streams, surface flooding and slips as well as hazardous driving conditions. 

NELSON/MARLBOROUGH
- A girl was pulled from the flooded Taylor River in Blenheim this morning.

- Surface flooding has been reported on SH6 between Havelock and Renwick, the latter being just outside of Blenheim.

-There was surface flooding and minor slips along parts of the northeastern South Island section of SH1. The main areas were north and south of Kaikoura.

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