The entire lower part of the South Island is being hammered by severe gales which are expected to peak in the next hour or so, then ease off this afternoon as the system moves away.
At Dunedin airport gales are being clocked at 90km/h with gusts reaching 100km/h in Gore.
Further south and Stewart Island is receiving hurricane force gusts to 140km/h.
Meanwhile in the North Island it’s yet another windy day with severe gales on Wellington’s hilltop suburbs reaching 125km/h and up to 105km/h near Mana.
Gusts to 90km/h are affecting regions north of Gisborne this hour and over 80km/h in exposed parts of Auckland.