here in Wellington, at the bottom of the North Island you wouldn't
know this was going on.
seem to have a pattern of weather here whereby it is constantly
overcast and temperatures are well above mid-winter averages.
north of Auckland a pattern of weather has become stuck for several
days which is bringing gales and floods to that part of the country.
is unique in all this, is not only the higher-than-normal
temrperatures, but that this weather pattern has become stuck.
normal pattern for New Zealand has been that we have been prone to
storms - but these normally pass over quickly.
don't seem to have a Paul Beckwith in this country to help us make
sense of it all (instead of saying, like a mantra, that this is 'just
weather' and 'weather is different from climate').
would say that the jet stream is doing something unusual and the
weather (including, unfortunately for Auckland), has become stuck.
Down here in Wellington, at the bottom of the North Island you wouldn't know this was going on.
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Coastguard Northern Region spokeswoman Georgie Smith said they received a call from Northland Fire Service around 6.30am to assist in finding a woman who had been swept from a tree near the falls.
The Coastguard Bay Rescue vessel was searching the mouth of the Waitangi River for the woman, she said.
Conditions were treacherous, Ms Smith said.
"We were advised at 6.45am this morning by Northland Search and Rescue who requested our Coastguard rescue vessel called Bay Rescue - to start searching around the Waitangi River-mouth area," Coastguard Northern Region spokeswoman Georgie Smith said.
"We were told they were searching for a woman who had been swept away who had originally been reported [as being in] a tree up the Haruru Falls.
"Bay Rescue are working with Paihia Fire [Service] who we believe are on a jet ski and Northland SAR who are land based," Ms Smith said.
"Bay Rescue is unable to get under the bridge there due to high tide, large amounts of debris and flood waters, however they're continuing to search around the river-mouth.
"It's confirmed that they're searching for one person, but we believe there may be possibly four people in trouble."
Northern Fire Communications shift manager Paul Radden said they were assisting people at a property which had been flooded due to a burst river bank.
"I believe we've rescued one and there's one more to rescue."
Coastguard Northern Region spokeswoman Georgie Smith said the search was continuing from the missing woman.
"We understand that emergency services are also now trying to locate some small rubber dinghies with enough horsepower than can get up there where three or four people have been found clinging to a tree.
"At the moment, due to the current of the river and things like that, no one's been able to get to them - so they're just to work out how to do that."
The current is moving at about 30 knots, she said.
Westpac Rescue Helicopter was heading to the scene.
Power repair crews to use choppers, jet skis
Flooding hits Northland
Tornados in mix as final surge of weather heads southNorthlanders are being urged to look out for one another, after another night of severe weather.
12 July, 2014
The final surge of strong winds and heavy rainfall has increased the risk of flooding and power outages.
About a thousand households have had no across Northland and Auckland, most of those affected are in the Far North.
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Top Energy chief Russell Shaw says people need to contact Far North District Council, with any immediate Civil Defence concerns.
"We continue to receive inquiries about customer welfare needs and by that I mean shelter, heating, food and water."
To make matters worse, the electricity network has taken another hammering.
Mr Shaw says there are small rural pockets where it's been getting more difficult to restore power.
"There's maybe 20 or 30 customers in each of those pockets so we now have to go back to those and find out what the problems are for each one of those pockets and resolve it."
Far North sports fields are closed, and Northland farmers are being urged to move stock to higher ground.
Around a thousand properties in the Far North have been cut off overnight, but more damage is expected from the fierce overnight conditions.
About 200 homes to the north West of Auckland lost power shortly after 4am.
Vector expects to have them reconnected by around the middle of the morning.
MetService says a very active front is gradually working its way down from Northland, and will reach southern parts of Auckland by about 9am.
It's already dumped a lot of rain in parts of Northland, and will bring more as it heads south.
There's also the risk of a small tornado on the east coast, flash flooding, and slips.
For your information here are the weather charts for the southern hemisphere -
If you go HERE you can see the forecast for the next few days
Comments from 'in situ' from Kevin Hester in Auckland.
"I have noticed that we have had a sustained storm with a
remarkably low rainfall component, It has really stood out
with the low pressure system being parked without a high on
it's shoulder to keep it in place. I'msurprised to say the least."