Capital escapes wild storm

04:59, Jun 25 2014

The capital is in for mostly settled evening, now the wild weather has headed north.

MetService meteorologist Rob Kerr said the wild winds and rain the north-westerly front had brought to the Wellington region would begin to ease through the evening.

It brought severe gales, of up to 90 kmh in Kelburn and 110 khm at the top of Mt Kaukau.

And ther band of rain to the south of Wellington at 4.30pm might bring some more showers this evening, but the worst of the storm had passed.

The storm was currently over the Central Plateau which would experience rain and blasting winds this evening, Kerr said.

The Fire Service in Wellington had "just a couple" of weather-related call outs but no major incidents, a spokesman said.


A Wellington Electricity spokesman said 72 homes in Horokiwi, in the hills above Petone, lost power at 11.30am.

Some were back on already and all would be back by tonight.

The winds at Wellington Airport had also stayed pretty calm, with no weather-related cancellations today.

Fiordland bore the early brunt of the trough last night and State Highway 94 from Lower Hollyford to Milford Sound was closed overnight because of the heavy rain.

Meanwhile, substantial rain has fallen in the Tasman region, with a deluge of 146mm in six hours up to 1pm in Golden Bay, said Tasman District Council spokesman Chris Choat.

Surface flooding had been reported in Nelson, Brightwater, Motueka, Mapua, Seaton Valley and the Moutere Highway, and council contractors were out checking the roads, he said.

Access in and out of Nelson city is limited as roads are being closed due to the flooding.

Kerr said the winds would turn south-westerly tomorrow and Friday.

"We like the south-westerlies in Wellington, because we've got a big thing called the South Island in the way and we don't get a lot of rain."

There was a chance of a shower in the capital tomorrow evening as another front moved up over the country.

Further north was the place to be - the Wairarapa and Hawke's Bay would stay mostly dry and in Napier the mercury was expected to hit 20 degrees Celsius.

Most of the lower North Island was in for a fine and dry weekend, Kerr said.

The Dominion Post