A severe storm knocks down trees, power lines.

Strong storms have knocked down trees and power lines in the central south island and lower north island.

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Emergency services are dealing with several weather-related fires in Otago and Canterbury.

Strong winds set fire to a forested area on Three Mile Hill and another to Cape Sanders near Portobello.

In Canterbury, about 10 fires are burning in rural areas from south Canterbury north to Hornoi.

Trees are partially blocking several locations on State Highway 1 and SH79 in Mid-South Canterbury, police said.

The SH7 is closed at Hummer Turn Off until Springs Junction / Lewis Pass because trees have been blown into power lines.

The fire and emergency services said the wind brought down power lines and streetlights at Featherston in Verapa.

A truck driver told RNZ he made it overnight on the west coast on SH 73 via Arthur Pass, and saw “major signs of the green highway broken on the ground” and rocks and stones on the road. Branches.

At one point, a gust of wind blew eight of his wheelers into another alley.

The climatic front is advancing the country, pushing the northwestern regions further.

Residents of Dunedin have reported strong winds and falling trees.

Winds of more than 107 kilometers per hour were recorded overnight in Temaro and Ashburton, the Met Service said.

Strong winds are forecast in the plains of Virarpa, Marlborough, Wellington, Canterbury and highlands, Southland and Otago, northwest storms and speeds of 120-130 km / h.

Lightning and rain have fallen on the central part of the South Island. Heavy rain warnings continued on the West Coast until 11 a.m., and 90 mm of rain fell on Milford Sound.


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