LIVE: North Island braces for severe weather

Heavy rain is currently lashing the North Island.

UPDATE: Severe thunderstorms and strong winds set to hit Auckland to Waikato are arriving earlier than forecast.

The Metservice has issued a red thunderstorm warning across Auckland, Thames Coromandel, Kaipara, Auckland and Waikato.

Gusts are also expected to reach 120km/h in some parts.

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