Lightning, water spouts provide country impression that something is happening

Auckland residents say that stormy weather has provided them with the comforting illusion that something dramatic is happening.

Auckland residents say that stormy weather has provided them with the comforting illusion that something dramatic is happening.

A series of heavy storms across the country has provided observers with the distinct impression that something is happening in New Zealand.

A low pressure system brought thunderstorms to several highly populated areas of the country over the last two days, and Auckland residents have witnessed tornado-like phenomena known as water spouts emerging over Manukau Harbour.

Gary Wishart, a resident of Mangere, said that the various weather phenomena brought to him an eerie feeling of calm and purpose.

“I looked out my window and I saw these big, ominous tornado-like structures spinning into the sky,” he said. “And I said to myself ‘Woah, I’m going to die tonight.’”

Other residents reported that they felt like they could be in “Oklahoma or someplace,” and weren’t about to waste the newfound feeling of tension and drama in their lives.

“I kept my kids home from school today,” said 43-year-old mother of three Alicia Thomas. “I just didn’t want them to die or else feel like everything was normal and life would go on. Because it won’t.”

Many lone Aucklanders made their way to their nearest beach last night to stare out to sea and feel as though they were perched on the edge of a world-consuming abyss.

Others, such as One News journalist Sam Wallace, traveled to Auckland Airport to take footage of planes taking off in the rough weather.

“We’ve got some pretty good pictures,” he said. “I just can’t wait to get on TV tonight and act like all these storms are a bad thing.”