Former tropical cyclone Lusi is looming over the South Island today, after lashing the North Island.
Northland has been pounded by wind gusts of up to 130km/h, but it seems the worst is over for the region as the storm moves south.
A severe weather warning is in place for much of the South Island, with up to 200mm of rain expected to fall in the Nelson and Marlborough regions over the next 24 hours.
Metservice meteorologist, John Law, says there will be strong winds today and tomorrow.
Civil Defence officials say Auckland fared much better than expected.
Contractors are in clean up mode today - clearing fallen trees and debris from suburban roads across the city.
Civil Defence Controller, Clive Manley, says heavy swells threatened coastal parts of the city, but despite advice about 50 residents opted not to evacuate from their beachfront properties.
Linesmen have been battling the elements overnight working to restore power to thousands of people knocked off the grid yesterday.
Most homes are up and running with just 12 outages in Waikato and Bay of Plenty, around 500 in Auckland and 100 across the Whangarei District.
Top Energy spokesman Richard Watt says around 700 homes are still without power in the Far North.
BEFORE THE STORM
- Prepare your property for high winds. Secure large heavy objects or remove any item which can become a deadly or damaging missile. Get your roof checked regularly to make sure it is secure. List items that may need to be secured or moved indoors when strong winds are forecast.
- Keep materials at hand for repairing windows, such as tarpaulins, boards and duct tape.
WHEN WARNING IS ISSUED AND DURING THE STORM
- Stay informed on weather updates. Listen to your local More FM radio station as civil defence authorities will be broadcasting the most appropriate advice for your community and situation.
- Put your household emergency plan into action and check your getaway kit in case you have to leave in a hurry.
- Secure, or move indoors, all items that could get blown about and cause harm in strong winds.
- Close windows, external and internal doors. Pull curtains and drapes over unprotected glass areas to prevent injury from shattered or flying glass.
- If the wind becomes destructive, stay away from doors and windows and shelter further inside the house.
- Water supplies can be affected so it is a good idea to store drinking water in containers and fill bathtubs and sinks with water.
- Don't walk around outside and avoid driving unless absolutely necessary.
- Power cuts are possible in severe weather. Unplug small appliances which may be affected by electrical power surges. If power is lost unplug major appliances to reduce the power surge and possible damage when power is restored.
- Bring pets inside. Move stock to shelter. If you have to evacuate, take your pets with you.
AFTER THE STORM
- Listen to your local More FM radio station as emergency management officials will be broadcasting the most appropriate advice for your community and situation.
- Check for injuries and help others if you can, especially people who require special assistance.
- Look for and report broken utility lines to appropriate authorities.
- Contact your local council if your house or building has been severely damaged.
- If your property or contents are damaged take notes and photographs and contact your insurance company. Inform your landlord if there is damage to the rental property.