What's the damage? North Island waking to damage after being battered by gale-force winds overnight

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Those in the North Island are this morning waking up to fallen trees, power outages, blocked roads and property damage after powerful gale-force winds battered many areas.

Numerous trees fell overnight, with many falling on to property or vehicles.
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A Fire and Emergency NZ spokesperson said they had been called out to 450 weather-related jobs last night as of 3am, and about 1600 111 calls had been received.

Large trees have fallen in many parts of Auckland and property damage was visible on city streets as of 5am.

Winds of more than 100km/h pulled down powerlines leaving many homes cut off.
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Vector reports that crews have been working through the night to fix more than 150 outages due to power line damage.

More than 100,000 homes and business have lost power throughout the course of the night.

Auckland Transport reports that the storm is causing issues on the rail network, with western line services terminating in Henderson with some bus replacements.

There may also be delays at other stations because power may be out, AT said, and the network is being assessed.

Conditions are easing across the North Island but there's still a chance of heavy rain around Taranaki, Whanganui and the Hawke's Bay hill country.

No state highways are closed, except the Desert Road which is closed due to snow.

Auckland Airport flights appear to be returning to normal, but passengers are advised to check the airport's website for current flight information.

A large tree which fell on to a property on Hobson Street in central Auckland.

A large tree which fell on to a property on Hobson Street in central Auckland.

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In the South Island, snow showers have eased or stopped in most places, although sleet showers and rain are still forecast over the next couple of days.

The persistent southerly wind will keep snow already on the ground in place, with temperatures in elevated areas likely to stay below freezing.

Road snow warning are in place for all of the alpine passes - Lewis, Arthurs, Porters, Haast and Lindis.

There are also warnings in place for the Crown Range Road, Milford Road, Dunedin to Waitati Highway, SH80 and SH77.

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