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Motorists driving on SH1 south of Dunedin and in other parts of the South have been warned to take extra care as strong winds batter the region.
NZ Transport Agency issued a caution for SH1 from Dunedin to Gore, saying extra care was required especially for people in high-sided vehicles or on motorcycles.
The same caution was also in place for SH 87 from Kyeburn to Mosgiel, SH90 from Raes Junction to McNab and SH8 from Clarksville to Raes Junction.
The MetService issued a wind warning for parts of the South for yesterday and a watch remains in place today for the far south of Fiordland, coastal Southland including Stewart Island and coastal Otago south of Dunedin.
The watch remains in place until 6pm tomorrow and the MetService says westerly gales were expected to affect the area and could become severe in exposed places.
Meanwhile, there was a low risk of one or two thunderstorms associated with the front about the far southwest of Fiordland and Stewart Island this afternoon, and about coastal parts of Clutha and Otago late afternoon and evening.