Hail storm hits Auckland, Waikato
5:00AM Tuesday September 25, 2007
By Alanah May Eriksen

Severe thunderstorms hit the Auckland, Waikato and Waitomo areas last night, leaving behind a carpet of hail.

The storms started on Auckland's North Shore at about 4pm and had eased by about 5.30pm before travelling northwest of Hamilton.

About 30mm of rain fell, along with hail 20mm in diameter, and wind reached gusts of 110km/h.

MetService spokesman Bob McDavitt said there might have been about 450 strikes of lightning but most were from cloud to cloud, with about 10 hitting the ground.

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