The severe gale-force winds which ripped through Otago
yesterday, toppling vehicles and trees, disrupting power
supplies, dislodging roofing and interrupting air travel,
Fiordland is "lighting up like a Christmas tree" and rivers
are rising rapidly in Southland, while what is thought to
have been a tornado flipped a boat and smashed it in Central
A spring storm is set to lash the country with heavy rain and
gale force winds from tomorrow.
Snow is predicted to fall to 200m-300m in eastern and
southern parts of the South Island today, MetService says.
MetService has warned Auckland and Northland commuters to
brace themselves for severe thunderstorms later today.
The days are getting longer and the weather warmer but it may
be a bit early to start dusting off the barbecue, a weather
Power has been restored to all but 150 of the Taranaki
properties who lost their supply as a result of Sunday's high
The wintry blast that has caused havoc around the country is
easing its icy grip but forecasters warn more of the same is
on the way.
The cold snap which caused massive transport disruptions
around the country yesterday is set to hang around - at least
Severe southerly gales battering Wellington today are
creating havoc for school holiday travellers as flights and
ferry crossings are cancelled.
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