Tens of thousands of people up and down the country have been affected by a severe storm that lashed the North and South Islands over the last few days.

Power was cut to more than 100, 000, roads and school were closed, and homes have been destroyed.   

Extreme weather swept through parts of the North Island with the MetService recording hurricane winds in Auckland with a top gust of 213km/h leaving over 100,000 homes without power.

Emergency services received over 1800 calls relating to the storm, while the Auckland Council receiving 600 calls majority about fallen trees and power outages.

The aftermath left commuters stuck with transport services also without power with heavy traffic on the roads.

35 schools were forced to close in due to stormy weather around the country.

Customers at the Auckland Airport were also affected by the backlog due to a temporary closure of the airport last night.

Around 90,000 customers have had their power restored since yesterday morning in Auckland.

However, with several hundred outages affecting 93,000 homes and businesses it may take a while before power is restored everywhere.

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