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Damage across Canterbury is likely to lead to further chaos from the front to the north.

More than 1,000 homes in Canterbury are without power after a stormy night in the area.

Strong winds knocked down trees in the Glentoi area of ​​Canterbury.  Birch Hill RD, Glentoi.

Image: RNZ / Nate McKinnon

The Met Service says the front, which brought winds of more than 200 kilometers per hour to some places, could still cause damage and disruption on its way to the North Island.

Orion Energy reported closures in the Springfield, Sheffield, White Cliffs and Wind City suburbs.

Electricity is further south in Oak Valley and Ottawa, Hadlow, Levels Plain, Taekwondo and Washdeck flat areas.

Lightning, meanwhile, started a forest fire in Brooke Forest, south of Dunedin. Staff are monitoring the scene and a helicopter will be deployed this morning to help put out the fire.

Several fires that broke out on Friday were also caused by the wind, but crews were able to put them out.

In some parts of the region, winds of 200 km per hour were recorded overnight.

Roger Sutton, chief executive of Electric Ashburton Networks, said. Morning report. The latest storm was not as bad as last week, but the damage is still being assessed.

“We probably have less than 100 customers on my network right now without electricity. So it’s not as bad as last week. But it’s like 1000 or 1500 across Canterbury.”

The damage includes mostly fallen trees that bring down power lines, and Sutton said additional staff have been set up to help fix them.

“We will work hard to bring back our 100 customers today, so it will not be easy to fix any of them. Some of them can go through planting forests where a large number of trees have to be removed. Will be needed.

“We worked on the South Island yesterday and brought in other resources. We have extra people in hotels in Christchurch overnight and are ready to help us, but it depends on the level of damage and how complicated some of the jobs are. “

Sutton said the preparation for more recurrent hurricanes in light of climate change would include using stronger, stronger materials and educating farmers about the need to cut or cut down trees around infrastructure.

“You make the network strong – you put strong poles, wires, strong conductors.

“You go and talk to the farmers and you talk to them about cutting and cutting down trees that are close to the lines. It’s a collection of hardware, talking to buyers, and software. There are things, there are closures, and it sends people there efficiently.

“There is a whole range of work to be done, but there is definitely a problem for the industry and we need to continue investing to keep the lights on.

“But it’s more than engineering. It’s also working with people.”

State Highway 77 off Canterbury’s White Main’s Road is closed to trees.

There is a way for cars but there is no suitable alternative for heavy vehicles.

Waka Kotahi is warning people to take precautions across the desert RD this morning in a light or high-speed vehicle, or on a motorcycle, due to strong winds.

Warning of strong winds from Vivoro to Rangipo continues.

Earlier, Mid Canterbury farmer David Clark said. Morning report. His property was still strong and the damage this morning was not as bad as expected. He said those who irrigated the property were evacuated to face the wind, so they did not fly away.

“We’ve been relatively safe this morning. We’ve lost some young trees, which is really disappointing, but the key for us is that the irrigators are still standing,” he said.

He said others were not so lucky when there were reports of waterfalls falling on the fields yesterday afternoon.

The Met Service’s red warning for the area ended at 6 p.m.

Met Service forecaster Lewis Ferris said the front is still likely to be devastated as it moves north. It collided with Blur this morning and is expected to arrive in Auckland tomorrow afternoon.

“It is still active in terms of light and in the last two hours we have seen only 5,000 strikes and 10,000 strikes overnight in a two-hour period,” he said.

“I think the good news is that it’s moving further north. We’re starting to see these winds coming back.

The winds are still very strong in the Canterbury Plains and Christchurch, so it will still be a good morning to stay awake.

The rains on the west coast were heavy and spread to Canterbury.

The highest gust of wind was recorded yesterday at Lamb Hill Weather Station at 211 kilometers per hour, 25 kilometers northwest of Dunedin.

“We didn’t see wind at 211km / h across Otago, but we did see a gust at another high station in Canterbury High Country that was over 200km / h. Down in the Canterbury plains.”

Several flights across the country have been canceled this morning due to strong winds.

Flights to and from Queenstown, Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington airports have been affected and passengers should check to see if their travel plans have been affected.

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