For the second time in a week, strong winds have destroyed parts of the country for the second time in a week, setting fire to bushes and leaving more than 1,000 homes without electricity.
Strong winds, sometimes up to 140 kilometers per hour, were recorded in parts of Canterbury as the southern front rained with heavy rain and thunderstorms over most of the southern island overnight.
But the wild weather was not as bad as previously expected, with the Met Service issuing a red warning for a large area of the South Island, reserved only for extreme weather events.
Given the worst situation since a similar weather last weekend, fire services said most areas appear to be relatively safe.
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More than 1,000 homes across Canterbury – mainly in areas such as Darfield, Lake Coleridge and Springfield – were without power on Monday, some of which were affected. Wild weather that swept the region on Friday..
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Met Service meteorologist Mmathapelo Makgabutlane said the West Coast, Marlborough and Canterbury High Country have seen much worse weather.
Overnight, Le Bonus on Island Bank reached 140 kilometers per hour in the Gulf and 120 kilometers per hour in the entire Canterbury Plains and foothills.
The McGuinness battalion said the storm also rained heavily, with parts of the Westland on the west coast receiving about 20 mm of rain in less than an hour.
More than 100 mm of rain was recorded at Mount Cook Airport and Arthur’s Pass from 12 noon to 7 am on Monday.
Haven Davison, a Hororata resident, said she woke up at about 4 a.m. to “a great commotion” that shook her home.
“I immediately got out of bed thinking there was a terrible earthquake on the roll, so I ran to get my son out of bed. [and] He stood there to listen. [for] Felt like a lifetime.
“Everything that was on my mind was going to get seriously bad, but I didn’t understand what happened. [it was]. It wasn’t until I saw the lightning that I thought it was going to thunder, of course enough, it was.
Davison said she had never experienced such a storm in five years when she lived in the area. “Lightning lit up the whole sky – it was out of this world.”
The front is expected to move northward throughout the day toward Wellington, Virarpa, Tarragona and the western part of the Lower Island, with strong winds, rain and possible thunderstorms expected.
The Met Service issued a strong wind warning for the capital and Virarpa. Northwest storms are sometimes severe, reaching 130 kilometers per hour and 160 kilometers per hour in exposed areas.
Orion spokeswoman Linda McGregor said electrical crews were dealing with 10 separate power lines in Canterbury High Country and Central Canterbury, mainly due to strong winds bringing down nearby trees.
He said about 35 staff members were present in the affected areas to assess the damage and restore power on Monday morning.
McGregor said the wild weather has highlighted the need for property owners to keep their trees well pruned from any power lines.
Pleasant weather knocked down trees on Whiteman’s Road near Mount Hut across State Highway 77, forcing it to close.
Fire Service spokesman Andrew Norris said that despite the bad weather, calls to the fire service had been reduced since midnight on Sunday.
“It wasn’t as bad as we thought before.”
He said the focus of firefighters early Monday was on the Brook Forest in Outram, about 40 kilometers west of Dunedin, where a lightning strike on Sunday night reportedly caused a fire.
Staff put out the blaze by midnight Sunday, but stayed overnight to watch.
Two helicopters were expected to return to the area in the early hours of Monday.
He said crews also took part in the fire, which was thought to be an abandoned house near White Soo Valley RD in Ranforly, Otago.
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Eight-year-old James Steven was horrified to see three cars crushed when the wind blew trees on his Fairview farm on the outskirts of Temaro.
The house was fine when Ranfurley and Naseebi’s two crew arrived at about 4:20 a.m. Monday.
He said crews worked to prevent the fire from spreading to any nearby property and extinguished it within an hour. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
There have been reports of old burns from the storms throughout Canterbury, but nothing was noticed until 6.30am.
Greg Anderson, president of South Canterbury Federated Farmers, a Mackenzie district farmer, said Sunday night farmers hoped the winds would not be as strong as predicted.
“A lot of trees were down in the Mackenzie Basin after Thursday night’s winds, but the infrastructure wasn’t severely damaged.
“All you can do is pack things and not go out in the air. We always blow decent winds here. Stock is not a problem, it’s a dairy shed, irrigation and loose iron.
Otago and Canterbury were also hit by strong winds that affected the south and ignited overnight on Thursday and early Friday.
97km / h in Temaro, 120km / h on Oraki / Mount Kok, 89km / h on Twizel and 100km / h in Amarama Recorded Thursday night..
Falling trees closed roads, destroyed garden sheds and left about 7,000 homes without electricity.
Lorraine Blake, from North Canterbury, also kept it. 21 square meters prefabricated beauty salon blue wool.r – Strong winds of more than 100 km per hour in his Oxford home