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Motorists are being urged to take care on roads as strong winds lash parts of the South today.
The NZ Transport Agency has area warnings in place for several southern highways, including State Highway 1 from Dunedin to Gore, SH8 from Milton to Raes Junction and SH90 from Raes Junction to McNab.
The road warnings come after MetService warned that severe gales were possible in parts of the South today.
The forecaster has issued a weather watch for Central Otago and Southern Lakes for the 17 hours from 1pm today, saying westerly winds could rise to severe gales in exposed places.
Strong winds created challenging conditions for firefighters across Otago yesterday, and already today emergency services have had to deal with wind-related incidents, including a fire that destroyed sheds near Clydevale.
In Queenstown, five people have been injured, two critically, after a tree fell on a group of people at Shotover Jet's base in conditions which have been described as "really windy''.