High winds, high water

Photo: Gregor Richardson
Photo: Gregor Richardson
White Island almost lives up to its name as a heavy swell caused by the spring storm of the past two days continued to churn the sea off St Clair in Dunedin yesterday.

Strong winds overnight contributed as gusts reaching 75kmh  at Taiaroa Head between midnight and 2am yesterday.

The swells also created some impressive spray as waves broke on the seawall at the Esplanade in St Clair yesterday.

The storm also brought heavy rainfall at times around the region.

Since Monday, the Otago Regional Council has recorded 32mm of rain in Dunedin, 71.5mm of rain at Paradise, 38mm at Makarora, 42mm at Roxburgh and 35mm at Middlemarch.

Further north, Cook Strait passenger ferry sailings were cancelled yesterday as swells of up to 6m were forecast.

Moa Point Rd, alongside Wellington Airport, was  closed after heavy seas threw rocks on to the road and the  road to Eastbourne was also closed until further notice due to debris and heavy seas.

Strong winds battered Banks Peninsula and Christchurch overnight and yesterday  morning.

The strongest wind gust of 133kmh was on Banks Peninsula.



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