High winds cut power in Southland

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Strong winds that are expected to hit many parts of the south today are causing power outages in parts of Southland.

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A Powernet alert said at 9:53 am today a power outage in Dacre and Woodlands was caused by trees above power lines.

Electricity was also cut off at Okapua Rd, Otama Valley Rd and Otamita Rd, according to the alert, the cause still under investigation.

Power in all areas was to be restored at noon.

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Meanwhile, MetService warned that west-to-southwest gusts could at times reach 120 km / h for Dunedin and could reach 130 km / h in exposed parts of the Clutha coastal coast in southern Otago from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In Fiordland and Southland, including Stewart Island, winds can also approach severe gales at times with gusts of 120 km / h in exposed areas this morning.

However, there will be a change to strong southwest winds gusting 130 km / h around noon today, particularly over coastal areas. The warning lasts until 5 p.m.

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Conditions on the roads throughout the south can be dangerous, especially for drivers of high-sided vehicles and motorcyclists.

Strong gusts of wind could damage trees and power lines.

Strong wind watch

A strong wind watch has been issued for Central Otago, Southern Lakes, North Otago and Canterbury High Country.

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MetService said westerly to northwest winds could approach strong gales in central Otago and southern lakes until 3 p.m. today.

North Otago could experience gales from the west to southwest from 4:00 p.m. today to 1:00 a.m. tomorrow.

In Canterbury High Country, northwesterly winds could turn into strong gales until 5pm.

– Originally published in the Otago Daily Times

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