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Gales blast New Zealand; Snow in Southland/Otago; Quakes in Chch

Gales, severe at times, continue to blast much of the upper North Island but gale force winds are also affecting a number of other areas.

As of 11:45pm winds were gusting over 100km/h in Northland, Auckland and around Rotorua. 

Gale force winds are affecting Bay of Plenty, East Cape and also the West Coast.

Meanwhile bitterly cold weather continues to hit Southland and Otago.  Snow has settled in Southland according to messages posted on the NZ Weather Forum.

Most of Southland and Otago is between 0 and 4 degrees with clouds, showers and snow flurries.

Snow has fallen for much of Friday in Queenstown.

And in Christchurch a swarm of aftershocks has rocked the city.  A number of Twitter comments made reference to the quakes hitting around bedtime, which over the past two weeks has become somewhat of a common theme, with a number of aftershocks hitting around 10pm..



sw on 17/09/2010 12:11pm

Leaf blower holiday over….pine needles are all back.

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