Weather: Emergency services respond to flooding in Wellington, heavy rain in Auckland

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Showers, possibly thundery, are expected in Auckland today. Photo / Sylvie Whinray

Emergency services in and around Wellington have been dealing with surface flooding this morning as much of New Zealand is under storm watch – including possible tornadoes in some areas.

A spokesman for the central fire communication center said they were called to the Mana esplanade in Porirua to deal with the flooding.

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Motorists in the area are being warned of a number of closures, including Haywards Rd on State Highway 58 in Judgeford. Eastern Hutt Rd is also closed.

MetService has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Kāpiti Coast, Upper Hutt City and Porirua City.

A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect for Nelson, Buller, Taranaki, Wanganui, Manawatū, Kāpiti-Horohenua and Wellington.

Thunderstorms are possible in many parts of the country today with more rain forecast today as an unstable northwesterly air current moves over New Zealand.

Auckland residents are also waking up to heavy rain in the early hours of the morning.

A weather warning has been issued for Westland, South Island, after MetService weather radar detected severe thunderstorms near offshore Hokitika.

Torrential rain, large hail and damaging wind gusts are expected, and tornadoes are possible.

MetService has warned that torrential rains could cause surface or flash flooding near streams, ravines and urban areas and make driving conditions extremely hazardous – while large hail could cause significant damage to crops, orchards, vineyards , greenhouses and vehicles.

Tornadoes could blow out windows, lift roofs, snap large tree branches, generate dangerous flying debris and knock vehicles off the road.

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