Weather live: Power cuts and ferries canceled as thunder sweeps Auckland

Weather delays at Auckland Airport

The arrivals board shows a mix of arrived and canceled flights. Auckland Airport’s website says at least 17 flights have been delayed or postponed. credit: RNZ / Samuel Robinson
Photo: RNZ / Samuel Robinson

Three Air New Zealand regional planes were struck by lightning earlier today and are currently being examined by engineering teams to ensure they are safe to fly, the airline said.

Airports CEO Kate Boyer says they are monitoring the weather closely.

The airline’s services were briefly disrupted this afternoon when wind conditions made operations at Auckland Airport unsafe.

Twenty-four regional services have been canceled and customers are being redirected to the next available service to get them to their destination.

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