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Auckland hit by gale force winds

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/08/2016

A trampoline has landed on the roof of a garage and residents reported traffic lights "flapping" as gale-force winds buffeted the upper North Island.

Hundreds of households remain without power after wind gusts upwards of 100km/h battered Auckland and surrounding suburbs on Friday night.

Roads were forced to close after power lines and trees were brought down, and emergency services had to deal with a yacht that broke away from its moorings and washed up in Herne Bay.

Power company Vector is reporting a number of outages north and south west of the city, some areas since 6.30pm on Friday.

It's anticipating services will be restored to those affected by 11am.

The speed on the Auckland Harbour Bridge was reduced to just 30km/h for driver safety while Fort Street in the city was closed because of loose roofing iron flapping.

Severe weather warnings were also in place across Waikato, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and surrounding areas, with residents reporting conditions "just as bad" as those in Auckland.

Some took to social media to compare the conditions to those in windy Wellington.

"Calm the hell down with that wind, Auckland. You're not Wellington," one user wrote.

"Auckland, that's called 'wind'. The rest of us have it all the time. Sorry about your sleep. You'll live," another added.

Strong winds are expected to continue on Saturday, gusting up to 90km/h but will ease during the day, the Met Service says.

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