Tropical Storm Andres has formed off the southwestern coast
of Mexico, becoming the first named storm of the season in
the Eastern Pacific and the latest arrival in 40 years,
After a milder night than expected Dunedin police reported no
accidents this morning but asked motorists to drive
carefully on snow and ice-covered roads around the
Northeast winds gusting to more than 100kmh buffeted Dunedin
yesterday, sending rubbish, windows and trees flying.
Balaclava's May rainfall record has been broken, thanks to
another nearly 14mm on Thursday night.
Freezing conditions in the North Island have closed roads -
leaving trucks stranded overnight - and the southerly blast
is also expected to disrupt ferry sailings.
A warning that the Waitaki River level in North Otago may
rise quickly was issued tonight by Oamaru police.
Summer for the south of the South Island could be cut short
as a cold snap is expected to hit the area for the next two
Summer was good... in parts, according to the national
climate centre's statistics.
North Otago seems to have borne the brunt of the wettest
weekend of the year.
Severe rain has caused surface flooding, a spate of traffic
accidents and sewage overflows in some parts of New Zealand.
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