Severe nor’ west gales continued to lash eastern parts of the South Island overnight with trees falling and powerlines downed, causing blackouts for some southwestern suburbs of Christchurch and rural areas of inland Canterbury.
Power is expected to be restored by 10.30 this morning for a number of residents who endured a night in total darkness.
Winds in excess of 100 kph were notched up in a number of areas yesterday from Kaikoura to South Otago and strong and blustery conditions are expected to continue today.
On a positive note a weak front should see the winds ease for many in the south by nightfall.
Temperatures are expected to be high again in eastern districts but perhaps not to the extent of yesterday when the mid 30s were topped.
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