+ WIDESPREAD THUNDERSTORMS OVER WANGANUI
An extremely violent Spring storm is still slamming the Capital this morning after an extremely rough night. Gales have been blasting central New Zealand off and on for almost a week now. The Radio Network’s Weather Watch Centre warned on Friday that Wellington would be pounded by severe gales on Sunday and overnight gusts were so strong roofs were lifted.
“Winds reached 148km/h in Stokes Valley (Lower Hutt) at 4:31 this morning” says the Radio Network’s head weather analyst Philip Duncan. “The air pressure is still dropping across the region and gusts are reaching 100km/h in Wellington city and up to 135km/h on the hilltops”.
Hurricane force winds start at 120km/h.
Lightning trackers are now showing a swarm of thunderstorms currently moving across eastern Taranaki and Wanganui. TRN journalist Rowena Duncum says the thunder is extremely loud over the city.
The strong winds have also bumped up temperatures again in Hawke’s Bay with 22 degrees recorded in Hastings at just 10am.