Wellington has been hammered by
heavy rain and strong winds today, bringing down trees and
Met Service duty forecaster Larissa Marintchenko said while
the bad weather would ease by this evening, Wellingtonians
should prepare for a wet Friday.
"So far in the forecast for today, we have winds with some
heavy falls clearing tonight.
"We have strong northerly gale gusts, up to 110 kmh until
"Tomorrow morning, we are still expecting some showers
developing. And they becoming frequent in the afternoon and
clear in the evening," Ms Marintchenko said.
Motorists were advised a large tree had fallen, blocking the
main road between Churton Park and Tawa.
Wellington City Council said Middleton Road was expected to
be closed to traffic for the rest of the day while crews
removed the macrocarpa tree.
"Two other large macrocarpas are reported to be on a lean and
will also have to be cut down and removed. Traffic between
the two suburbs is being diverted on to the nearby
Johnsonville-Porirua motorway," a council spokesman said.
In Brooklyn, motorists were told to avoid Brooklyn Road - one
of the main routes to Wellington's southern suburbs - while a
large pine tree was cleared from the road.
The Transport Agency also issued a caution for motorists
travelling around Lower Hutt.
Block Rd, off State Highway 2 in Melling was closed due to
the rising Hutt River. A riverbank car park had also been
closed, the agency said.
The Fire Service said it had attended one weather-related
call today, reported as a "domestic flooding" incident.
- By Teuila Fuatai of