Wild Manawatu weather to settle in weekend

Heavy showers last night and a thunderstorm this morning caused minor flooding and caught many people in Manawatu on the hop.

Palmerston North Fire Station was called out to attend to surface flooding caused by a blocked drain on Albert Street’s Hokowhitu end at about 6:30pm.

Council staff were also called to unblock drains which had caused minor street flooding on Woodstock Place, Colombo St, Epsom Road and Churchill Avenue.

Flights at Palmerston North Airport were delayed this morning but are now back on schedule.

The poor weather caused flight setbacks yesterday evening and flights to Christchurch and Auckland were running up to 45 minutes late this morning.

People travelling to Palmerston North from Auckland were stranded last night due to the tornado that ripped through north west Auckland around lunch time yesterday.

The two flights cancelled due to adverse weather conditions were due to leave Auckland at 1.25pm and 3.05pm. 

The changeable weather is expected to settle down over the weekend.

A Metservice spokesman said there was the possibility of more thunderstorms overnight but the weather was forecast to clear early Saturday morning and stay fine over the weekend.

Manawatu Standard