Strong wind warning for Wellington

STACEY KIRK
Last updated 13:04 05/12/2012
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ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST: A woman looks at her umbrella, destroyed by Wellington winds.

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A rain radar image from 9:05am this morning showing a large amount of heavy cloud west of Wellington.

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Windows have blown out and powerlines have come down as heavy wind and rain hits the capital.

MetService said a broad trough over the Tasman Sea was expected to cross over New Zealand today, bringing with it a number of cold fronts and rain for much of the country.

Galeforce winds were expected to hit Marlborough, Wellington and Wairarapa south of Eketahuna this morning and severe gale gusts of 120kmh were possible.

A Fire Service spokesman said it had been "pretty quiet" despite torrential rain and strong winds in the capital. 

Firefighters were called to help secure lifting roofing iron on the Fraser Park grandstand on Percy Camerson St, Lower Hutt about 10.50am.

Taita Dr was closed for a short time after a tree fell bringing down powerlines about 11.05am, the spokesman said.

A tree had also fallen down in Awarua St, Ngaio about 11.45am and a window had blown out on a building on Ohiro Rd, Brooklyn about midday, he said.

Forecaster Daniel Corbett described this morning's rain as moderate with some heavy bursts as a front moved across the country.

"Anyone caught out in that would have been running for cover."

 

In the hour to midday, 6mm of rain fell in Kelburn, 4.8mm at Wellington International Airport and 2.8mm at Paraparaumu.

Strong winds have also buffeted the city with a wind gust  of 117kmh recorded on Rimutaka Hill, 72kmh in Kelburn, 91kmh at the airport and 89kmh at Aotea Quay.

Strong winds would ease, but rain would continue to fall throughout the afternoon, Mr Corbett said. Rain would ease this evening before returning tomorrow, he said. The weather would improve at the weekend with showers clearing on Saturday.

 

Temperatures may drop slightly over the next few days, as northerly winds change to southerlies, but they should rise again by Saturday.

"A lot of this weather should be long gone by then," Corbett said.

Duty forecaster Philipa Murdoch said it would pay to keep an eye on weather warnings to check any damage on the roads. 

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- The Dominion Post

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