A series of southern fronts could cause temperatures to drop and snow to fall on parts of the southern island, followed by hurricanes for the second time in a week.
More than 1,000 homes lost power and many bushes caught fire as strong winds engulfed the island.
Parts of Canterbury received 140km / h of rain, with heavy rain and thunderstorms overnight on the southern front.
The wild weather was not as bad as expected. The Met Service issued a red warning for a large area of the southern island, which is reserved for extreme weather events only.
But wind and rain can now be replaced by snow. Meteorologist Mmathapelo Makgabutlane of the Met Service warned that more weather fronts could significantly lower temperatures and bring snow waves lower.
* The beauty salon caught fire with high winds, trees fell and thousands lost power.
* Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in at least two places on the North Island
* Snowstorms in New Zealand could continue until next week.
Due to the possible cold, the Met Service issued snowfall warnings for several major southern roads from Monday evening to Tuesday morning.
Snow was expected between Lewis Pass (SH7), Lindsay Pass (SH8), Crown Range Rd, Milford Rd (SH94) and SH1 Dunedin and Viti, which could be as low as 200 meters in some areas.
More than 1,000 homes in Canterbury – mostly in inland areas such as Darfield, Lake Coleridge and Springfield – were without power Monday morning, with some affected. Wild weather that spread in the region on Friday..
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Greg Wilkinson of Peel Forest, South Canterbury, told RNZ’s Morning Report that he was making tea from a campfire after a power outage.
By Monday afternoon, all but 255 homes had been restored.
Phone lines and internet access were also cut off in parts of the West Bank after the thunderstorm at night.
The weather has affected services, including cell towers and connections for fiber and landline customers in the West Coast, Canterbury and Otago, telecom provider Spark said.
Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENS), which experienced the worst situation since a similar weather last weekend, said most areas appear to be relatively safe.
In Springfield, Canterbury, people woke up Monday to extensive damage, with fences and sheds, and the animals went missing after being frightened by the winds.
Loaded with a shed and poly-tunnel equipment in his backyard, David Hero underwent a lengthy clean-up after a night of “terrible” winds.
“It was like a freight train coming from home,” he said of the night winds.
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One neighbor’s fence came down and the other’s wooden roof two gardens away.
Friday’s winds caused minor damage to both Hero’s Shed and a poly tunnel, but he repaired them for Sunday night’s attack.
Like many residents, Hero’s outbuildings were damaged by the May floods in Canterbury.
Haven Davison, a Hororata resident, said she woke up at about 4 a.m. to “a great commotion” that shook her home.
In addition to the red alert, 13 other alerts and clocks can be found on the MetService website across the country.
“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.”
Orion spokeswoman Linda McGregor said electrical crews were dealing with 10 separate instances of power lines falling in Canterbury High Country and Mid-Canterbury, mainly due to trees falling from nearby winds.
He said about 35 staff members were present in the affected areas to assess the damage and restore power on Monday.
McGregor said the wild weather highlighted the need for property owners to keep their trees well pruned from any power lines.
Meteorologist Mmathapelo Makgabutlane of the Met Service said the West Coast, Marlborough and Canterbury highlands had seen much worse weather.
Overnight, on the Bannu Peninsula, Le Bonus 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 brought heavy rains, with about 20 mm of rain falling in an hour in some parts of the Westland on the west coast.
More than 100 mm of rain was recorded at Mount Cook Airport and Arthur’s Pass from 12 noon to 7 am on Monday.
The Met Service said rain and storms had reduced to the South Island and Canterbury between Westland and Fairland and that weather warnings had been lifted for those areas.
The front was expected to move northward toward Wellington, Virarpa, Tararova and the western part of the Lower North Island, with strong winds, rain and possible thunderstorms expected throughout the day.
The Met Service issued a strong wind warning for the capital and Virarpa, with occasional strong northwest storms. The wind can reach 130 km or 160 km per hour.
Disappointing weather knocked down trees near Mount Hut on Whiteman’s Road across State Highway 77, forcing it to close.
Spokesman Andrew Norris said that despite the bad weather, calls to fans have been reduced since midnight on Sunday.
“It wasn’t as bad as we thought before.”
He said the area of focus for firefighters early Monday was in the Baroque forest of Outram, about 40 kilometers west of Dunedin, where an electric shock allegedly caused a fire on Sunday night.
Staff put out the blaze by midnight Sunday, but stayed overnight to watch.
Norris said two helicopters and an excavator were used to put out the blaze, which was a “deep seed” and was burning underground.
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.
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 pre-made beauty salon blue wool.He was flogged at a speed of more than 100 kilometers per hour through his Oxford property.