A strong wind warning has been issued for the the Hanmer Springs turnoff to Springs Junction on State Highway 7.
The Hurunui District Council has urged motorists to take extra care required, especially those with caravans, driving high-sided vehicles or on motorcycles.
The MetService has also issued a strong wind warning for inland Canterbury.
It said northwesters were increasing with severe gales gusting at 120kmh expected.
Where winds were funnelled through high country saddles and valleys the gusts could reach 140kmh.
The MetService said winds were expected to ease tonight.
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