– Winds reach Hurricane Force in both islands
– “The next 24 hours are going to be rough”
The huge storm in the South Ocean is now bringing wind gusts to Hurricane force across both islands. Winds of up to 150km/h have buffeted Castlepoint, at the lower tip of the North Island, while 100km/h winds gusting to 135km/h are slamming into Stewart Island and Fiordland.
The Radio Network’s head weather analyst Philip Duncan says the storm that’s responsible for the gales is massive. “This storm would stretch over the entire width of Australia. In fact, if you were to drive at 100km/h from one side of this storm to the other, it would take around 50 hours non stop. It’s absolutely huge”
Duncan says most populated places are still relatively sheltered but that will change this afternoon. “Parts of Canterbury and Otago are getting gusts to gale force with the hill tops of Wellington getting gusts to 100km/h and the city up to 70km/h. Gusts to gale force are also affecting inland Hawke’s Bay and East Cape. However this afternoon and tonight we’re expecting winds to increase in more populated areas…the next 24 hours are going to be rough for those from Southland to Wairarapa especially”
Our Weather Watch Centre will closely monitor any developments in this storm.
WEATHER NEWS HEADLINES:
– Very warm across New Zealand, parts of Aucklandand Northland didn’t drop below 14 degrees last night.
– Some heavy showers north of Auckland and over Waiheke Island this morning.