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About 350 homes in Auckland are without power due to power outages caused by high winds hitting the city, line operator Vector said in an update as of 7.30pm on Tuesday.

It said the crew has been on site all day and will work all night to restore power where it is safe to do so.

Vector spokeswoman Sophie Coley said numbers are expected to drop overnight as more people have their power restored.

Containers at a Ports of Auckland facility in Wiri were overturned by the wind.

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Containers at a Ports of Auckland facility in Wiri were overturned by the wind.

Previously, 2000 houses in Auckland suffered power outages, with Vector telling stuff crews were hard at work reconnecting homes and businesses.

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A spokeswoman for Vector said that due to the extent of the damage, some connections would take longer to recover.

Meanwhile, Metservice meteorologist Andy Best said strong winds are “on its way out” as wind speeds are expected to decrease overnight in Auckland.

Best said the southwest is expected to drop to 39 mph this evening and is expected to continue to drop to 9 mph by 3 a.m.

Metservice’s strong wind watch off the coasts of Wellington and Kaikoura ends Tuesday at 11pm, but the watch for Chatham Islands will remain until 11pm on Wednesday.

A car in Lynfield was one of several across the Auckland that was crushed by fallen trees overnight.

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A car in Lynfield was one of several across the Auckland that was crushed by fallen trees overnight.

Trees have fallen and the city’s roads are littered with rubble. Motorists are requested to drive carefully while the region faces widespread damage from extreme nighttime storms.

Henderson, Glen Eden, Titirangi, Helensville and further north to Kaukapakapa all face outages.

But meteorologists are convinced that the worst is behind us.

Bad weather in Albany caused power lines to go down.

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Bad weather in Albany caused power lines to go down.

MetService meteorologist Tui McInnes said there were gusts of up to 87 km/h on the Harbor Bridge at 8 a.m. By midday, wind speeds had decreased to 55-60 km/h.

“For every hour you can knock about 5-10 mph from the wind speed. It should get a little lighter in the late afternoon,” McInnes said.

however a strong wind watch stays in place until 2 p.m. for the country’s largest city.

A spokeswoman for Vector said members of the public should avoid Clemos Lane and Jack Hinton Drive in Albany, as the winds had brought down two power lines and the road was closed for safety.

The outage map on Vector’s website revealed more severely affected regions, including Auckland City and West Auckland.

Counties Power confirms that the network on the western side of the region has been hit hard by extreme weather.

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Counties Power confirms that the network on the western side of the region has been hit hard by extreme weather.

Counties Power has released an image confirming that regions in the Southwest are suffering from power outages. A statement confirmed there will be long resolution times as crews work as safely as possible in high winds.

strong wind affect the Auckland Harbor Bridge, with expected delays for inbound traffic on State Highway 1, Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency said in a statement.

Wind speeds were around 80 mph at 6:30 a.m., but MetService has indicated they can reach as high as 110 mph all morning, NZTA said.

Stacked shipping containers overturned in wild weather at Auckland harbor storage facility, where one worker died during a freak tornado in June.

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A cold front will sweep across the country over the next few days, reminding us that we are still in the midst of winter.

The containers appeared to be stacked eight high, a reporter at the scene said.

Containers were seen in disarray at the Wiri Ports container storage facility in south Auckland, where a worker died after a freak tornado in June.

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Containers were seen in disarray at the Wiri Ports container storage facility in south Auckland, where a worker died after a freak tornado in June.

There are speed limits on Auckland Harbor Bridge, with traffic into the city reduced to four lanes instead of the usual five. Auckland Transport said lanes may be closed in the morning due to high winds.

A tree has fallen on a passenger car in the Auckland suburb of Mt Roskill.

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A tree has fallen on a passenger car in the Auckland suburb of Mt Roskill.

A woman in Mt Roskill was awakened at 3 a.m. by her neighbor to the news that a large tree had fallen on her car and destroyed it.

Serra Posoni, who has lived on Glass Rd for nearly 36 years, said neighbor Kāinga Ora had asked for the tree to be removed, fearing an event like this morning would happen.

“It’s sad that he [the neighbour] has been trying to get rid of it for so long, but nothing has been done about it since then,” Posoni said.

“Every time there was a storm, he was afraid he would fall over – he’s been crooked for a while. They’ve shortened it a bit, but it’s not enough.”

The seven-seater Ford Territory contained numerous items that belonged to Pesoni’s family. She has accepted that she probably won’t be at work this morning.

“We are quite a sporty family – we had all the sports equipment, tents and chairs for the kids. It’s a family car, so it’s never empty.”

A tree crashed through a fence on Avondale Rd in the early morning hours.

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A tree crashed through a fence on Avondale Rd in the early morning hours.

Auckland Transport said response crews attended multiple incidents in the city, including fallen trees and power cuts affecting traffic lights.

A spokeswoman for Fire and Emergency New Zealand said that between 3 and 8 a.m. the fire service had been called in for 128 weather-related incidents.

A tree has also fallen into a car on Mount Smart Rd, Onehunga.

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A tree has also fallen into a car on Mount Smart Rd, Onehunga.

Fortunately, houses in Papatoetoe damaged by a tornado more than a month ago managed to brave the high winds without further damage.

Many of the houses with damaged roofs are now covered with large plastic membranes. And those who still use tarpaulin to cover holes have managed to escape the storm with their tarpaulin intact.

But residents of Papatoetoe like Evan Reece were not without concerns.

He said the storm kept him up for part of the night because the last time the high winds hit, he lost part of his roof.

Motorists in Auckland are being told to expect delays with high winds hitting the Harbor Bridge on Tuesday.  (File photo)

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Motorists in Auckland are being told to expect delays with high winds hitting the Harbor Bridge on Tuesday. (File photo)

On the water, a double-masted yacht, often located in St Heliers Bay, was blown dangerously close to rocks near Achilles Point.

By noon, a Coastguard NZ spokeswoman said the two people living on board had been checked by police and were doing well.

The pair waited for the tide to lift their boat off the rocks and take them into deeper waters, she said.

A boat normally moored in St Heliers Bay, near Achilles Point in Auckland, was pushed closer to the rocks after Tuesday morning's high winds.

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A boat normally moored in St Heliers Bay, near Achilles Point in Auckland, was pushed closer to the rocks after Tuesday morning’s high winds.

A number of Waikato homes was also hit by power outages, with west Waikato and the Coromandel being the two worst affected areas.

A weather trough has moved across the upper North Island overnight and gale-force southwesterly winds have followed, bringing wild, windy weather to parts of the North Island on Tuesday morning.

According to Crown research institute Niwa, “strong, potentially damaging wind gusts” will hit parts of the Auckland and Northland regions, while MetService said southwestern winds in exposed areas, especially west of Auckland, could approach heavy gale force.

The strong wind watch until 2pm also covers Northland, Great Barrier Island and the Coromandel Peninsula, north of Thames and Tairua.

Tuesday from 3 to 10 pm there is another strong wind guard for Wellington and the coast of Kaikōura.

Stormy southerly winds are expected to develop in the eastern areas from Canterbury to Gisborne, with strong winds expected in Wellington and the coast of Kaikōura Tuesday afternoon.

A cold south-southwest current spreading across New Zealand on Tuesday is likely to bring heavy showers and light hail in some areas. WithService warns that wind gusts can reach up to 110 km/h in remote areas.

For the west coasts, from Waitomo north to Northland, there is a low risk of thunderstorms on Tuesday morning.

The wet windswept area is expected to decrease from the South Island during the day after rain ravaged the region overnight.

Snowfall warnings on the road still remained in place for some Alpine passes, including Arthur’s Pass, Lewis Pass and Lindis Pass, MetService meteorologist Alwyn Bakker said.

A brief period of good weather was expected on Wednesday before showers return on Thursday, he said.