19 Jan 2017

LIVE: Weather 'bomb low' barrels in

12:10 pm on 19 January 2017

A weather blast has hit the country with gales and rain forcing road closures and flight delays. See how the morning unfolded here.

  • Flooding and slips closed key highways in the South Island
  • Motorists are being told to delay travel to the West Coast and between Picton and Christchurch.
  • Flights to and from Wellington were delayed or cancelled
  • Winds gusts of 148 km/h were recorded in Wellington overnight and 154 km/h on the Rimutaka Summit.
  • In the South Island, wind gusts of 172km/h have been recorded near Mt Hutt
  • MetService says the severe weather has eased but southwest gales are expected about coastal Otago and will ease this afternoon

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