Strong winds slam southern region

02:02, Sep 10 2013

Severe weather is affecting the south today, with gusts of more than 120kmh expected to develop this afternoon.

Metservice meteorologist John Law said strong weather warnings were issued for Southland, Fiordland and Otago.

Severe gales up to 120kmh were forecast for Southland this afternoon, and Stewart Island had experienced gusts up to 150kmh this morning, Mr Law said.

Winds are forecast to ease throughout Southland, Otago and Fiordland tonight, but southerners can still expect strong north-westerly winds tomorrow reaching speeds of about 50kmh, he said.

Snow is expected to 400 metres tomorrow evening, with cold southerly winds bringing frosts and lower temperatures throughout the region on Thursday and Friday.

PowerNet general manager Gary Pritchard said high winds caused a power outage affecting 25 customers around the Awarua area about 9.30am.

Power was restored within 10 minutes and other customers may have experienced a momentary "dip" in power, Mr Pritchard said.

Senior Sergeant Bruce Terry, of Invercargill, said today's severe weather had tipped over a boat at Cromwell.

Last night, Environment Southland warned boaties to secure their moorings.

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