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.
Flooded roads remain closed today as the eastern North Island
continues to be hammered by heavy rain, but residents
elsewhere are in for a brief respite today.
A "bone-chilling" weekend is in store for northern New
Zealand, MetService warns, as parts of the North Island cope
with flooding and rising rivers today.
The Desert Rd remains closed due to snow this morning, while
the rain continues to fall over soggy parts of the North
Snow is on the way this week, and falls to low levels are
forecast for the deep south.
It is hoped Otago will escape the latest heavy rain warning
without further flooding.
Coastal Otago may have flooded, but it was Central Otago
which recorded its wettest June since records began.
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