Auckland braces for further damage as wet and windy weekend strikes the country

Auckland braces for further damage as wet and windy weekend strikes the country
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New Zealanders across the country are experiencing a wet and windy Saturday as heavy rain lashes areas from Northland through to Canterbury.

Heavy rain warnings are currently in place for Northland, Auckland, the Bay of Plenty, Nelson, Westland and Canterbury.

A strong wind warning is in place in Auckland for possible gales up to 120 km/h.

According to MetService the heaviest rain so far has been in Kaikohe, Northland and Franz Josef on the West Coast.

"Largest rainfall accumulations so far are in far north and far south," MetService said on Twitter.

"Kaikohe in Northland has seen 79.2mm in 12h, including 32.6 at 7am. In the last 18h, stations in Coromandel, Franz Josef, and [Balclutha] have seen 51.8, 69.2 and 46.8 respectively."

Auckland Council has warned residents to be prepared for the weather as the city has not yet fully recovered from the storm earlier in April.

"It's been a couple of weeks now since the last storm hit and we're still in clean-up mode," Auckland Emergency Management director John Dragicevich said.

"Aucklanders should check their gutters and drains, secure outdoor items and move any loose garden furniture or outdoor equipment inside.

"We advise people to make sure they have a backup supply of batteries and water, as well as general food and drink needs, in case they become isolated."

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