14 May 2011

Gale warning issued

10:51 am on 14 May 2011

MetService is warning of severe gales in Wairarapa, Wellington and Marlborough overnight.

MetService is warning of severe gales in Wairarapa, Wellington and Marlborough overnight.

It says these could reach 120km per hour at times, especially around hill tops and headlands.

It says winds of this strength can damage trees, powerlines and insecure structures and make driving hazardous, especially for high sided vehicles and motorcycles.

MetService is also warning of heavy rain for western and northern parts of the South Island later on Saturday and also for the Tararuas, Mt Taranaki and inland as far at Mt Ruapehu.