News | Environment
21 Feb 2018 2:38
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Environment

    Wild weather hammers South Island

    A spring storm has caused power cuts, closed roads and deposited a catamaran on a Nelson road.

    South Island firefighters have been put under the pump during the blast of wild weather, dealing with downed power lines and trees and a Nelson crew confronted with a boat deposited on the road.

    The storm caused power cuts on the West Coast, Nelson, Marlborough and parts of the South Island east coast early on Wednesday morning, say Fire Emergency NZ southern communication's Ian Littlejohn.

    "Thankfully there were no reports of injuries."

    The power cuts caused a few complications at the Nelson Airport, with three delayed and one cancelled Air New Zealand flightst.

    On the West Coast, power poles caught fire after being hit by debris, including one by a flying trampoline, and trees fell across roads.

    Freedom campers at Mapua, near Nelson, had to be helped away from the waterfront.

    In the Nelson suburbs of Tahunanui and Monaco firefighters responded to reports of sea surge but were forced to continue on foot when they found Martin Street blocked by a catamaran, Mr Littlejohn said.

    State Highway 69 between Reefton and Inangahua was closed by fallen trees on Wednesday morning.

    Northern Southland also experienced an unseasonal dumping of snow overnight, with up to 25cm reported in Te Anau.

    The wind got up to 154 km/h in Wellington overnight, whilst the heaviest rainfall was in Mt Taranaki with 33mm an hour in this region.

    More rain is expected across the North Island and the West Coast on Wednesday but should clear up by the afternoon.

    © 2018 NZN, NZCity

     Other Environment News
     20 Feb: South Island, Taranaki brace for Gita
     20 Feb: KiwiRail earnings up despite Kaikoura woes
     20 Feb: Scientists discover how NZ glowworms shine
     19 Feb: Fidow can wow them: Hurricanes team-mate
     18 Feb: Hawke's Bay quake rattles North Island
     18 Feb: Cyclone Gita expected to hit NZ on Tuesday
     17 Feb: Upper Sth Island to bear brunt of Gita
     Top Stories

    McKenzie ready for playmaking pressure More...

    KiwiRail earnings up despite Kaikoura woes More...

     Today's News

    Henrique trains with Roar for AL contract 23:05

    Three Kiwis into freeski halfpipe final 21:55

    Andrew Lloyd Webber contemplated committing suicide at the height of his depression 21:35

    South Island, Taranaki brace for Gita 21:15

    Rugby League:
    Slater out of NRL grand-final rematch 21:15

    Winter Olympics: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir win gold for Canada in ice dance with their final skate 21:05

    Liam Gallagher would love to star on a children's TV show 21:05

    Celine Dion says her late husband is the only man she's ever loved 20:35

    Emma Watson has donated £1 million to a new organisation which helps those facing sexual harassment 20:05

    Kylie Minogue had a "nervous breakdown" after her split from fiancé Joshua Sasse 19:35

     News Search

    Power Search

    © 2018 New Zealand City Ltd