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Severe weather warning issued across Auckland

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People travelling around Auckland are urged to take extra care due to bad weather. Photo Emesa M30

Auckland Transport (AT) and NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) are urging Aucklanders to take extra care when travelling today, May 29, as the MetService has issued a strong wind warning and severe thunderstorm watch for the region.

AT operations centre manager Sarah Bryant says Aucklanders should drive to the conditions.

“There could be possible road closures if there are trees down, and possible delays and cancellations on public transport due to weather impacts.

“We will be monitoring the weather and impacts to the transport network throughout the day.

“Please take care on the road and drive to the conditions, and expect delays later today.”

NZTA reminds people that if wind gusts reach certain thresholds on the Auckland Harbour Bridge, it’s likely speed limits will be reduced and some lanes on the bridge could close.

Today there’s also a chance all lanes on the bridge could close temporarily.

NZTA manager Auckland system management Paul Geck says the strongest gusts are expected between 10am-12pm and 4pm-8pm, according to MetService.

“We’re continuing to work closely with MetService to monitor conditions and ensure decisions are made based on up-to-date and accurate information on predicted and current wind speeds.

“Motorists are urged to look out for the electronic message boards which will indicate lane closures or full closures, depending on wind thresholds, and reduced speeds and stay within their lane while travelling across the bridge.

“Drivers of high-sided vehicles and motorcyclists are advised to avoid the Auckland Harbour Bridge and use the western ring route on State Highways 16 and 18.”

Public transport customers are encouraged to check AT’s Journey Planner or the AT Mobile App for updates today. To stay up to date on the latest state highway information, check the NZTA Journey Planner.

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