Wind gusts batter region
Winds are gusting to more than 100kmh in exposed parts of Tararua, with the MetService issuing a severe weather watch for the area today.
MetService meteorologist John Law said the eastern side of the Ruahine and Tararua Range, between Hastings and Featherston could expect gale-force winds with the potential for severe gales.
Winds were currently blowing at 60kmh in eastern Tararua, with gusts of 102kmh already recorded.
At Palmerston North Airport gusts of 63kmh had been recorded this morning, but there was no expectation of severe gales for the western side of the ranges, Law said.
Drivers travelling through the Manawatu Gorge should be wary of wind gusts funnelling through, Law said.
Winds were expected to ease this evening.