Fire and Emergency New Zealand is receiving dozens of calls about trees toppling onto roads, power lines and homes in the Auckland region.
Its Northern Communication Centre is being inundated with 111 calls due to the extremely strong winds hitting the region.
They are dealing with more than 170 calls in Auckland and the wider Upper North Island area.
Most of the calls are about trees that have fallen down, or roofing coming off buildings.
Meanwhile, fire crews are also dealing with a massive blaze at a mill in the Thames-Coromandel district.
In the Franklin area there have been reports of trees down and even a roof in Waiau Pa.
Other reports include;
- Waiuku Rd/Shakespeare Road – tree down across road
- Ostrich Farm Rd / Helvetia Road – tree down
- Gellerts Rd/Glenbrook Road – trees down over power lines
In Port Waikato it was reported that trees were down about 2km before Klondyke Road (coming from the Bridge).
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