Live weather: Red warning issued as severe thunderstorm hits North Island

The severe thunderstorms and strong winds that will hit from Auckland to Waikato are arriving ahead of schedule.

Metservice has issued a red storm warning for Auckland, Thames Coromandel, Kaipara, Auckland and Waikato.

Gusts are also expected to reach 120 kilometers per hour in some parts.

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The National Emergency Management Agency warns that in times of crisis or civil defense emergency, a battery-powered radio or car radio remains an essential lifesaver if the power goes out and no other forms of communication are available.

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