Ferry crossings cancelled because of winds

Last updated 16:12 07/12/2013

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High winds have put a stop to the East by West ferry crossings for the day.

A Metlink spokeswoman said the Harbour Explorer excursion hasn't run all day because of the winds and the East by West ferry service pulled the pin at 3pm.

There had already been several cancellations before 3pm causing a total of five trips to be abandoned today.

Motorists on the Rimutaka Hill Rd were also being warned of increasingly high winds today.

The New Zealand Transport Agency issued a warning about noon about strong winds on the road, which posed a particular hazard to high-sided vehicles and motorcyclists.

Motorists were urged to slow down and drive to the conditions.

Nationally, severe weather warnings have been issued for several parts of the country as a low over the Tasman sea heads towards the South Island.

Winds could become severe around Wellington and Wairarapa from this evening and into tomorrow afternoon.

MetService was forecasting a high of 19degC for the capital today, with northerly winds prevailing between 30-40kmh.

Some cloud was expected on Sunday along with light rain for most of the day on a high of 19degC.

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- The Dominion Post

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