Windy start to the week
154kmh on the top of the Wither HillsGERMARI HERSELMAN
State Highway 1 has reopened after it was blocked by trees this afternoon, Marlborough police report.
Trees had been blown over on to the road by the gales and were blocking both lanes.
Police were stopping traffic on the road while work crews cleared the debris.
Gusts had been measured at 120kmh this afternoon at Ward said climatologist Stu Powell.
The Marlborough District Council is advising people to stay away from parks and reserves where high winds may bring down branches and trees.
The wind is whipping up loose material, including tree branches and recycling bins, and pedestrians and drivers are warned to be alert.
People are requested to bring their bins in off the street as soon as possible.
Wind gusts have reached 154kmh on the top of the Wither Hills Mr Powell said, and the strong winds are forecast to continue this afternoon.
Traffic was delayed on State Highwaty 6 at about 10.30am after a large tree fell across the road near Long Valley Rd.
A vigorous cold front is moving northwards across New Zealand and is likely to bring heavy rainfall with it to the west of the South Island.
The MetService severe weather team are monitoring the situation.
- The Marlborough Express