Thunderstorms, flooding cause havoc around Wellington

Wild weather overnight has caused flooding and havoc on the streets of Wellington. 

The significant flooding has closed SH58 Pauatahanui to Haywards Interchange and SH 58 Whitby, between the intersections with Postgate Drive and Spinnaker Drive. 

The Porirua Council says Grays Road has also now been been closed. 

In a tweet it said Downers have crews out clearing drains in the city, and are also checking all rural roads. Some homes in Pukerua Bay and Plimmerton have no power and Wellington Electricity say it should be restored within two hours. 

Another highway, SH1 at the roundabout at Plimmerton has now reopened, following its earlier closure. NZTA has said all flood water has now been cleared from the area.  

Both lanes on Mana Esplanade are flooded and MetService has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the capital.

Wellington trains have also resumed today after a number of cancellations due to power outages caused by the wild weather.

Metlink says power was switched off to the whole Wellington network due to safety concerns, with wild weather causing damage to several substations. 

Buses are still replacing train services between Taita and Upper Hutt, according to the Metlink website.

The Kāpiti line and Johnsonville lines are operating as usual.

Bus replacement pick-up locations can be found here