Wild weather across South Island sends trees and trampoline flying

A Cromwell house started smoking after it was struck by lightning on Wednesday night.

A Cromwell house started smoking after it was struck by lightning on Wednesday night.

Wild weather is keeping emergency services around the South Island busy. 

MetService on Wednesday night issued severe thunderstorm warnings for several South Island regions, including Marlborough, Buller, Nelson and Westland.

The Fire Service has attended several weather-related incidents in Nelson, Kaikoura and in Central Otago.

Lightning bolts struck a house in Cromwell on causing it to start smoking.

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One fire truck was called to the property, on Bell Avenue, just before 9.20pm after smoke was seen coming from the house.

Fire Service spokesman Brent Dunn said none of the occupants were injured.

Firefighters found no signs of fire, however the lightning strike damaged some the home's electrical sockets, Dunn said.

An electrician was called to inspect the damage.

Just before 8pm, the Fire Service was called to an incident in Kaikoura, where MetService meteorologist Claire Flynn said winds reached 113 kilometres per hour on Wednesday night.

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Dunn said a piece of roofing iron was blown starting to blow off a house in strong winds and had to be secured by firefighters.

The Fire Service remained at the scene for nearly an hour.

Flynn said MetService was aware of reports of flooding in Alexandra, where 10.8 millimetres of rain fell between 7pm and 8pm on Wednesday night.

About 9pm firefighters were called to pump water from an Alexandra homeowner's driveway.

Dunn said the water was getting close to the home.

The Fire Service has also been called to several weather-related incidents in and around Nelson.

Flynn said rain over the Nelson and Marlborough regions was expected to clear on Thursday morning, but was likely to return Thursday night.

Wind gusts of 94kmh had been recorded at MetService's Nelson Airport weather station.

At 7.15pm firefighters received reports of a tree coming down in Murphy St.

At 6.50pm a tree came down on Brook St.

At 7.36pm firefighters were called to secure a trampoline after it blew into a house in Stoke.

By 10.30pm, Flynn said MetService was still recording thunder and lightning strikes on the West Coast.

Hokitika residents were hit with flooding on Wednesday morning. 

Downpours would return to the town on Thursday morning.

"It looks like Hokitika's heaviest rain was earlier [Wednesday]," Flynn said.

 - Stuff


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