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UPDATE: Hail, storms, lash South Island (+PHOTOS; VIDEO)

Thunderstorms and hail lashed parts of the South Island this afternoon. was sent numerous photos (which you can see in other stories on our homepage).

Meanwhile video and tweets were captured by other news outlets at NZME.

Here’s an update from NewstalkZB…

Thunderstorms are forecast until tonight.

Christchurch city is being hit hard, with hailstones reportedly the size of marbles falling.

Orion said about 2500 customers are without power.

Nearly 12-hundred homes in Rolleston and Weedons were knocked off the grid around 1.20pm

Customers at Burnham, Ellesmere, Little River, Springston and Birdling’s Flat are also without power.

Orion is investigating the cause of the outages.


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