A severe hail storm has bucketed down in Gisborne this afternoon.
Metservice said Gisborne would receive "showers, some heavy and thundery" today.
Shingo Suematsu sent footage to 1 NEWS showing hail plummeting down on a backyard deck, panning up to the grey sky.
Lightning bolts lit up the sky while heavy rain hit the city hard, conditions which Linda Coulston desribed as "loud and rowdy."
Thunder bolt in Gisborne.
Source: Linda Coulston