Wairarapa to bear brunt of winds
Wind gusts up to 130kmh could cause damage in Wairarapa and Hawke's Bay today.
MetService has issued a severe weather warning for the areas, expected to get the brunt of the strong westerly winds through to early afternoon.
The winds would have potential to damage power lines and loose structures and make driving difficult.
The watch for severe gales in Marlborough and Wellington has been lifted, though winds remain strong.
MetService forecaster Larissa Marintchemko said gusts of up to 110kmh made for a windy drive over the Rimutaka Hill Rd this morning.
The road was the windiest point in the Wellington region last night,
Last night, gusts of 70kmh were recorded at Wellington Airport, 90kmh in Kelburn, 80kmh at Mt Kaukau, and 110kmh at the top of the Rimutaka Hill Rd.
Inspector Ian Harris, of Wellington, said there were no reported problems with cars on the road but asked drivers to be cautious.
The Dominion Post