City rocked by thun­der

Western Leader - - EDUCATION & TRAINING - NI­COLE LAW­TON, HAN­NAH MARTIN AND DEBRIN FOXCROFT

A sud­den storm has sprung a sur­prise on Auck­land, with bar­relling thun­der, hun­dreds of light­ning strikes and large hail­stones thump­ing the re­gion on Tues­day.

There were 870 light­ning strikes recorded across the coun­try be­tween 11am and 4.45pm, with 370 of those in Auck­land, a MetSer­vice spokes­woman said.

The large num­ber of light­ning strikes prompted NIWA to is­sue a warn­ing to get off the wa­ter.

The storm man­i­fested it­self in hy­per­local pock­ets, with some Auck­lan­ders not ex­pe­ri­enc­ing any of the rain, hail or thun­der that struck other parts of the city.

Karaka res­i­dent Kelly Newby said her house was pelted by a 30-minute hail­storm be­fore the sun came out again.

‘‘Its brilliant and sunny now but it came out of nowhere. It just pelted down mas­sive stones of ice.

‘‘It looked like it had snowed

‘‘It came in re­ally thick, it was bang­ing on the wind­screen of the car win­dows and our down­pipe from the gut­ter­ing was frozen solid,’’ Newby said.

NIWA prin­ci­pal sci­en­tist Chris Bran­dolino said these sorts of weather events are fairly com­mon at this time of year.

‘‘Spring is re­ally ev­ery­thing goes,’’ he said.

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Karaka res­i­dent Kelly Newby said the hail was ‘‘freez­ing cold’’.

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