Roofs blown off around Wellington as bad weather batters the region
Bad weather plaguing the Wellington region overnight has destroyed a number of properties, with Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) responding to several calls of roofs being lifted and windows blown up.
FENZ Sports Director Belinda Beets said crews responded to 19 of 28 weather-related calls received overnight.
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She said some roofs were raised and windows and doors were blown in. Most of the calls were around the Wellington metropolitan area, with a few coming from near Featherston in Wairarapa.
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“Their roofs have been lifted or partially blown off the house,” she said of Featherston’s calls.
Wind gusts in the greater Wellington region reached 80 mph overnight, MetService forecaster Willliam Nepe told Stuff.
Mount Kaukau recorded gusts between 120 km/h and 130 km/h, the Rimutaka summit had gusts of up to 120 km/h and the Kelburn weather station recorded gusts between 110 km/h and 120 km/h. At Wellington Airport, wind speeds reached around 105 km/h.
“There’s a lot of wind blowing, even for Wellington,” Nepe said.
FENZ also responded to reports of water spilling into someone’s ceiling in the Hutt area.
“They’re securing what they can,” she said of the crews. “If they can’t secure it for security reasons, they’ll have to leave it, but they’re doing the best they can with what they have.”
She said all incidents involving power lines were referred to the power company.
Crews were also called to an incident in which a tree and power line fell onto the road in Wainuiomata and hit a car.
Beets said no one was injured, but the council and power company, as well as FENZ, were on the scene on Coast Road. She said the police were on their way.
She said they were on standby on Saturday to handle any incoming calls.
“Call us and we’ll give advice or if we can’t help, we’ll get the right one [teams].”
A police spokesman said their main role during these types of weather events was to assist civil defense. The spokesman said usual bad weather conditions were reported overnight.
MetService’s Nepe said strong winds were expected to continue throughout the day until at least this afternoon. MetService’s strong wind warning for the Wellington and Wairarapa regions was in effect until 6pm Saturday evening.
“Until later this afternoon, quite a bit of wind.”
The front was expected to move away from the Wellington region, easing conditions somewhat. Nepe said gusts would still be strong, but not as strong as they had been.
A sewer pipe has burst on State Highway 1 near Plimmerton, causing sewage to spill over the highway.
Porirua Mayor Anita Baker said on Facebook that urgent repairs were underway, but people were advised to avoid the area.