Lightning strikes Sky Tower as series of storms hits the city
Lightning struck the SkyTower as a spectacular thunderstorm swept across Auckland.
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The lightning strikes started at around 5pm on Sunday as band of thunderstorms off the coast of the West of Auckland gradually moved inland.
A spokesperson for MetService said between 100 and 150 lightning strikes were recorded between 5pm and 8pm on Sunday, including those at sea.
While this round of strikes had passed Auckland, a second set of storm clouds was on its way according to MetService.
These were moving towards the southern parts of the city and would reach land just after midnight.
A spokesperson for MetService said these clouds carried a low risk of lightning but were likely to cause a lot of rainfall in the area.
At one point on Sunday evening the Auckland region experienced 15 lightning strikes in five minutes according to NIWA.
Dan Freeman, who lives in an apartment near the SkyTower and captured video of the strike, said he could see the storm moving across the sky towards the CBD.
"I didn't think it was getting anywhere near the SkyTower but it was sort of getting closer and closer."
A severe thunderstorm watch had been issued by MetService for Auckland, Northland, Waikato and Waitomo earlier in the evening but was lifted just after 7pm.
Holy moly lot of lightning and thunder in West Auckland. The boom is massive!! @WeatherWatchNZ— Ian Ray (@ianray68) August 13, 2017