Traffic heading to and from New Plymouth is being diverted after strong winds tore the roof off a building at the top of the Waiwhakaiho Hill this morning.
Police blocked off SH3 after the southerly wind ripped off the roof at Self Storage Taranaki about 9am.
The roof came to rest against the bank on the opposite side of the road. Firefighters were at the scene.
A light pole was also knocked over by the gusty winds blocking both lanes into the city. Workers are unsure how long it will take for the road to be re-opened.
The Metservice has issued a severe weather warning for the region, with gale force winds of up to 130km/h possible in places until midnight tonight.
People are being warned to secure loose items around properties, boat owners should check their moorings are secure and motorists are being asked to take extra care on the roads.
Do you have a wild weather story? Contact Rob Maetzig on 06 7590823, 027 467 7918 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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