Waterspouts have been spotted in Auckland this morning as Waiheke Island is battered by a heavy thunderstorm.
WeatherWatch.co.nz said waterspouts had been reported in Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf.
Waiheke Island has been hammered by thunderstorms this morning.
Auckland: Here's the 821am radar grab of the line of thunderstorms currently affecting Waiheke. These have produced a weak waterspout, helped along by the warmer waters of the Gulf, and some lightning. Vessels in the area should obviously avoid the area. Any Qs, please ask ^GG pic.twitter.com/3b1bcHOtvp— MetService (@MetService) April 22, 2019
"Extreme care is required due to cloud to ground lightning, localised flooding and the chance of a tornado."
Waterspouts are a whirling column of air and water mist, often formed when there is relatively warm ocean temperatures, much cooler air temperatures and relatively (ambient) light wind.