Storm watch: Another potentially damaging system on the way

Long Lunch 11/04/2018
Photo credit: Weather Watch/Twitter.

Cyclone-force winds howled over Auckland on Tuesday night, causing widespread devastation, catching an unprepared public by surprise.

So what's on the cards next?

NIWA meteorologist Chris Brandolino joined Wendyl Nissen on The Long Lunch with an update on where the intense weather is tracking.

Despite strong winds knocking over trees and cutting power, he says things could have been much worse.

“I know it’s hard to believe but I think we actually got off, relatively speaking, lightly,” he said.

NIWA says its climate station on the top of the Auckland Sky Tower recorded strong gusts above 100kmh.

“Mangere had three consecutive hours in the evening where the wind gusts exceeded 100kmh.

“I know our counterparts at the Metservice had some published reports of wind gusts over 200kmh in exposed areas out towards Manukau Heads,” Brandolino told RadioLIVE.

He says Auckland will continue to experience wind and breezy conditions on Wednesday but gusts won’t be as strong as Tuesday.

“Anything that was partially damaged last night wind gusts could come along today and finish the job.” 

Listen to the full interview with Chris Brandolino above.

The Long Lunch with Wendyl Nissen, 12pm - 3pm on RadioLIVE and streaming live to the rova app on Android and iPhone.