Flooding as rain pelts Auckland

Flooding as rain pelts Auckland

Some Auckland motorists have been rescued from their waterlogged cars as torrential downpours flooded homes and a school in the city.

The fire service says it's been called to 80 flooded homes across most suburbs in west Auckland since noon, including Greenhithe, New Lynn, Swanson, Whenuapai, Westmere, Blockhouse Bay, Glen Eden and Waterview.

It said it had received reports of vehicles being washed away by "large waves" of water in Onehunga's Beachcroft Ave and a man was trapped upstairs at a flooded factory in the suburb.

Flooding as rain pelts Auckland

Flooding on Beachcroft Ave (Newshub.)

Emergency services were at 3pm called to help rescue two people trapped in a car up to its windscreen in water in Pukekohe's Subway Rd.

Meanwhile, multiple buildings at Matipo Primary School in Te Atatu were also flooded, while Chichester Dr in Rosehill was under 50cm of water.

Flooding as rain pelts Auckland

Matipo Primary School (Newshub.)

Flooding as rain pelts Auckland

Matipo Primary School (Newshub.)

A MetService spokesman said between 20mm and 30mm of rain had hit parts of the city in the space of an hour but had mostly begun to ease by 2pm. NIWA says 1pm to 2pm was the wettest June hour in recorded history in Auckland.

Homes as far south as Karaka were calling in as the weather moved down the North Island and the occupants of a car in Puni were also trapped after the vehicle was washed into a stormwater drain, the fire service said.

Auckland Airport's domestic terminal drop-off area was also affected.

Two cars are also trapped in floodwater on Great North Rd in Glendene while creeks in Swanson and Mt Roskill have been overflowing.

Flooding has caused backlogs on some Auckland motorways and high wind warnings were in place for the Harbour Bridge, the NZTA says.

The MetService has heavy rain warnings in place for Bay of Plenty and Rotorua and Hawke's Bay south of Napier.

"People are advised that this amount of rain can cause rivers and streams to rise rapidly, with slips and surface flooding possible," the MetService said.

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Newshub. / NZN