High winds wreak havoc

A Nelson street was closed last night when a gum tree by the entrance to Melrose House threatened to topple in strong winds.

Nelson firefighters were called to Brougham St at 7.30pm and for safety reasons the road was closed while Nelmac contractors worked on the tree.

They also dealt with a flying trampoline that took off from a Milton St home just before 7pm, and were called to a Tipahi St home at 1.45pm yesterday after the roof blew off a bike shed into a neighbouring property. They refixed the roof.

Richmond volunteer firefighters were called to help when iron flew off at an Edward St home.

In Stoke, volunteer firefighters were called to a Neale Ave home where a resident was concerned a vent would be blown off but it was too dangerous for them to go onto the roof, said deputy fire chief Tane Simpson.

The traffic lights at Songer St in Stoke were damaged in the wind and were out temporarily, a Nelson City Council spokesman said.

Nelson harbourmaster Dave Duncan said two fishing vessels in the port had a stern line break when a bollard broke in the strong easterly, but there was no damage to the boats. A yacht was suspected to have broken its mooring off the Nelson waterfront but it was found to be simply lying low.

Meanwhile, the east of the North Island was today bearing the brunt of bad weather which has been hitting the country. More than 300 millimetres of rain was expected to hit Gisborne and Hawke's Bay until early tomorrow, with deluges in the western Bay of Plenty, southern Coromandel, and eastern Waikato, MetService said.

The Nelson Mail