Emergency services have been kept busy as strong winds hit the south overnight.
A police spokesman said strong winds had caused several locations in Canterbury, including State Highway 1 and State Highway 79, where fallen trees had partially blocked roads.
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“Please drive carefully and expect a delay,” he said.
A spokesman for Fire and Emergency New Zealand said all brigades in central Canterbury and North Canterbury were working to remove debris, clear roads and put out several bush fires.
Meteorologist Mmathapelo Makgabutlane of the Met Service said a front moving towards the country had brought strong winds to many parts of the central South Island overnight.
At approximately 6.30 a.m., a maximum speed of 126 km / h was recorded in Sugarloaf on Christchurch’s Port Hills.
Winds of 124 kilometers per hour were recorded in Coro, Otago, and inland and 120 kilometers per hour in Canterbury.
Winds reached 107 kilometers per hour in Temaro, 111 kilometers per hour in Springfield, 100 kilometers per hour in Ashburton and 105 kilometers per hour in Hornoi, North Canterbury District.
The McGuinness battalion said most areas of central and northern Canterbury had experienced light to moderate light by 7 a.m. and further easing was expected throughout the day.
The hurricane is expected to hit Wellington and Virarpa late Friday and throughout the day.
Damage caused by strong winds has left thousands of homes without electricity.
Prior to 7 a.m., about 2,500 Oren customers were without power, mainly in central Canterbury, North Canterbury and Christchurch.
“We currently have a number of closures that have damaged the winds. Our crews are patrolling and repairing when they have problems,” a message read on the company’s website.
“We have no update on the restoration yet but will provide more information as soon as it becomes available. We appreciate your patience.”
State Highway 7 between Hummer Turn Off and Springs Junction in Lewis Pass was closed due to falling trees. State Highway 1, near Dominion RD, near Sea Down, south of Timoka, was also blocked by trees.
More to come.