Severe weather in Auckland has canceled a number of train services and slowed traffic on most highway routes through the city before rush hour.
Auckland Transport said delays and cancellations were expected tonight on many bus and train services during the city’s peak period.
The rain had canceled train services on the Western Line and Onehunga Line, but by 6pm both services were back up and running.
The cancellations on the Western and Onehunga lines also affected other lines, including delays.
Southern and Eastern Lines had delays of 10-20 minutes with possible cancellations, Auckland Transport said.
Auckland Transport said there was flooding at George St, between Mt Eden and Kingsland and at Maurice Rd on the Onehunga Line.
Regular buses would accept train tickets, Auckland Transport said.
The heavy afternoon showers in Auckland are accompanied by strong northerly winds in exposed places in Auckland.
Tomorrow there will be more heavy showers before clearing up in the afternoon as the northwesterly wind changes to southwest.
The wet weather is slowing traffic on most routes on Auckland’s highway ahead of rush hour, NZTA said.
The agency urged drivers to slow down, keep their lights on and increase their following distance behind other vehicles.
A number of MetService issued weather warnings are spread across the country.
Heavy rain guards, warning residents of periods of heavy rain, have been issued for the Bay of Plenty before noon from 9pm tonight, and for Mount Taranaki until 7am tomorrow morning.
More rain was forecast on the flood-stricken west coast of the South Island, where last week’s 100-year storm flooded roads and fields, damaged homes and forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes.
MetService said a front would sweep across the country late Wednesday and early Thursday, bringing a brief burst of heavy northern rain to western and northern areas.
The South Island Heaphy Track was closed and the Queen Charlotte track was only partially open due to damage from last weekend’s heavy rain.
The rainfall could lead to more slip on the west coast and Marlborough as the ground is still soaked from flooding over the weekend.
A heavy rain watch is also in place for Buller and the Westland mountain ranges, with thunderstorms possible amid periods of heavy rain.
Up to 70mm of rain was expected with a peak hourly rate of 15-25mm.
Yesterday, about 100 people remained in evacuation centers in Buller while homes in the region were assessed for damage.
Buller mayor Jamie Cleine said yesterday that about 22 houses in his district were “red stickered” – meaning their residents were unable to go home until the repair work was completed.