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Damaging thunderstorm in Wellington

A large storm bearing down on New Zealand is already causing problems for emergency services in the Hutt Valley

The storm looming over the country is causing chaos for emergency services in the Hutt Valley.

The power is out, and trees and sheds are on fire. received numerous alerts from residents in the Capital saying there was plenty of thunder activity, despite MetService rating the chances of thunderstorms in the area as low.

A spokesman at the Fire Service says around noon they were attending six jobs but have multiple calls coming in.

All of the callouts are weather related.

And it must be something about the name Hutt because weather in the South Island has caused problems for Mt Hutt.

High winds at Mt Hutt have meant the lifts aren’t able to operate, so the ski field has had to close.

Mt Hutt ski field is closed due to bad weather.

High winds have meant the lifts aren’t able to operate.

The road is also closed due to poor visibility.

– with NewstalkZB


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