Lusi brings welcomes rain

SVEN HERSELMAN
Last updated 13:20 17/03/2014

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Despite warnings, tropical cyclone Lusi brought little more than some much-needed rain to Marlborough at the weekend.

The cyclone triggered severe weather warnings for much of the country on Friday, but by yesterday had been downgraded to a depression.

MetService meteorologist Elke Louw said yesterday that Nelson would bear the brunt of the heavy rain that was tracking south, but it was expected to ease overnight.

While heavy rain warnings for Marlborough were lifted, a wind warning remained in place for the Marlborough Sounds last night, with gusts up to 130kmh expected.

In Rai Valley, residents had been preparing for waters to rise.

But resident Caralyn Morrison said last night the area had got off lightly.

"It's been raining on and off all weekend and is raining quite heavily now, but it's nothing like predicted," she said.

"It's quite timely actually - it has been very dry here."

In the Awatere Valley and Blenheim it was a similar story, with good soaking rain and little wind during the weekend.

Strong wind gusts were reported in Waitaria Bay and Kenepuru. Waitaria Bay resident Pat Williams said that the rain was steady and much needed, with conditions starting to look more stormy yesterday evening.

"We got about 7mm on Saturday and around 30mm today," Mr Williams said.

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- The Marlborough Express

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