Strong winds blew a trampoline on to a washing line in
Miller's Flat. Supplied Photo
Strong winds tore branches from trees and cut power in
Millers Flat earlier this afternoon, and motorists have been
warned to beware of gusts on State Highway 87 between Kyeburn
Metservice has warned some parts of Otago will be hit by
gusts of up to 130kmh between 9am and 6pm today.
''These wind gusts have the potential to damage trees and
power lines and create difficult driving conditions.''
The NZ Transport Agency has issued a wind warning for State
Highway 87 between Kyeburn and Middlemarch, saying extra care
is required those driving campervans and other high-sided
vehicles and motorcyclists.
The northwest winds would also push up daytime temperatures
along the east coast, with 15degC highs predicted for the
next few days and 18degC on Friday in Dunedin.
The high winds were the result of a disturbed northwest flow
expected to cover the country today, which would also bring
heavy rain to Fiordland, Westland and the headwaters of
''People in these areas should be aware rivers could rise
rapidly and there is the possibility of slips and surface
Although the wind and rain should ease late tonight or early
tomorrow, further warnings for heavy rain and damaging winds
were likely later in the week, the MetService said.