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Marlborough residents are being warned to prepare for heavy rainfall this afternoon and evening.
The former tropical cyclone Lusi now lies west of Taranaki and is expected to move southwards to cross Marlborough this evening.
The Marlborough District Council and Emergency Management is asking people to be cautious when driving, and keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts.
Heavy rain warnings are in place for Marlborough and Kaikoura, and strong northwesterly winds could make driving hazardous, lift roofs and bring down trees and powerlines.