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Up to a quarter of homes in Auckland were without power today after a wild storm packing winds of more than 200kmh (125mph) lashed New Zealand's largest city.
The storm hit the city of 1.5 million overnight, bringing down trees and peeling roofs from houses, with emergency services saying they were "inundated" responding to calls.
At Hobsonville Point, in the city's north-west, the gale-force winds brought down scaffolding on an apartment building construction site, creating a spectacular mess of tangled metal.
The official Metservice forecasting bureau said wind gust readings reached 213kmh, equivalent to a category three severe tropical cyclone.
"Around a quarter of properties in the Auckland region... up to 120,000 properties are currently without power," it said.
"All of that combined created damaging gales that were a notch above the forecasts," he said.
Aucklanders have been warned to expect further bad weather until Friday.
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