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Person trapped on Auckland’s North Shore after powerline falls on vehicle

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Fire crews are assisting a person trapped in a vehicle on Auckland’s North Shore after a powerline fell over this evening.

Fire and Emergency NZ (Fenz) was responding to the incident on Hillside Rd in the North Shore suburb of Wairau Valley, reported shortly before 6pm.

A Fenz spokesperson said they were waiting on the power authority to proceed with their rescue.

It comes after NZ Transport Agecy Waka Kotahi posted that the Harbour Bridge was down to two lanes in each direction due to high winds this afternoon.

At 5.10pm, lanes were reopened, but caution was advised, especially for high-sided vehicles and motorcyclists.

This morning, destructive winds tore off a roof and left a trail of debris in Greymouth.

Footage on social media showed the twister sweeping through the West Coast township just after 8.30am, damaging property and sending debris swirling into the air.

At least one home had lost its roof. A sleepout had been lifted off its foundations. The violent wind lasted less than a minute.





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