Scaffolding which collapsed in high winds in central
Wellingon. Photo APNZ
Hundreds of people are still without electricity
following yesterday's extreme weather.
Blustery winds, which tore through the South Island and lower
part of the North Island, knocked power to thousands of homes
in Canterbury, Manawatu and Wairarapa.
While repair crews worked frantically yesterday and through
the night, managing to restore power to many customers, at
least 1800 homes in in the North Island still have no
Lines company Powerco, which supplies electricity to
properties in Wairarapa, Manawatu and Wanganui, said staff
from around the country were helping with repairs.
In Canterbury, lines company Orion said about 200 homes in
west-Christchurch were still without electricity.
Crews were expected to have them back online today, a
Wellington City Council spokesman Richard MacLean warned
residents to be careful when travelling around the city this
"The extreme winds that hit the city yesterday had rapidly
abated by midnight and there is hardly a breeze in the city
this morning," he said.
Motorists, motorcyclists and cyclists should watch out for
fallen trees, slips and debris on roads around the city.
"There have been reports of windows blown in by the wind late
last night at several sites around the CBD, so there may
still be broken glass on some footpaths," Mr MacLean said.
"Willis Street in the CBD is now open to buses and other
traffic following rapid work overnight to make safe the
construction site where a large scaffolding structure
collapsed about 4.30pm yesterday at the height of the storm.
A large digger was used to demolish and flatten the partly
collapsed structure overnight."
Plane routes in and out of the capital were also expected to
be back to normal today.
Cancellations to flights yesterday disrupted the travel plans
of 3500 people.Wellington Airport this morning said weather
was not supposed to be a problem today. The Fire Service also
had a relatively quiet night, after a frantic day yesterday.
Central communications shift manager David Meikle said
officers responded to about a dozen weather-related calls,
all before midnight.
One involved a truck being blown over on the road between
Dannevirke and Norsewood. There were no injuries, he said.
In the South Island, Mr Meikle's colleague Brent Dunn said
there were no weather-related calls after 7pm.
MetService duty forecaster Leigh Matheson said the front was
due to move north and weaken as it crossed the country today.
Hawkes Bay and Gisborne could, however, expect gusts of
around 100km/h, while Auckland could expect rain and blustery
In Wellington, Shelly Bay Rd on the Miramar Peninsula will be
closed - between the Shelly Bay defence base and Scorching
Bay - due to a tree blocking the road.