Big storm leaves its mark on south
Wild weather that ripped through parts of the south yesterday caused havoc with southern roads and rivers.
MetService issued a severe thunderstorm outlook for Southland, Fiordland and South Otago yesterday.
Meteorologist John Law said thunderstorms, heavy rain and snow hit parts of the south, particularly Te Anau and Manapouri.
An international flight from Queenstown to Sydney, and a domestic flight from Invercargill to Wellington were cancelled because of the rough weather conditions.
Two trampers were rescued from the wrong side of a flooded river in Mount Aspiring National Park.
Southern police communications shift commander John Robinson said Wanaka Police search and rescue received the call at 1.10pm yesterday.
The caller said two trampers, in Fantail Falls, were on the wrong side of a flooded river and "frantically waving and appeared stranded".
The pair were retrieved fit and well yesterday, he said.
The Milford Rd was closed most of yesterday after fallen trees and flooding blocked the road. It was closed again at 5pm and will be reviewed this morning.
New Zealand Transport Agency Southland area manager Peter Robinson said a large tree fell on the road at Walker Creek which had to be cut to gain access.
The Milford area had more than 150 millimetres of rain, up to 20 centimetres of snow in parts and winds up to 150km/h at road level, he said.
Environment Southland reported no flooding of major rivers throughout the region yesterday.
John Robinson, also a Southern Fire Communications spokesman, said there had been no reported weather-related incidents in Southland.
MetService duty forecaster Leigh Matheson said temperatures were expected to reach 9 degrees Celcius in Invercargill today with a few showers.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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