Roofs blown off around Wellington as bad weather batters the region
Bad weather battering the Wellington region overnight wreaked havoc on some properties, with Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) responding to several calls of roofs being lifted and windows blown.
FENZ shift manager Belinda Beets said crews responded to 19 of the 28 weather-related calls received overnight.
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She said some involved roofs lifting and windows and doors being blown in. The majority of call-outs were around the Wellington city region, while a few were from around Featherston in Wairarapa.
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“Their roofs have lifted or partially blown off the house,” she said of the Featherston call-outs.
Wind gusts in the greater Wellington region reached 130kmh overnight, MetService severe weather forecaster Willliam Nepe told Stuff.
Mount Kaukau recorded gusts between 120kmh and 130kmh, the Rimutaka summit had gusts up to 120kmh, and the Kelburn weather station recorded gusts between 110kmh and 120kmh. At Wellington Airport, wind speeds reached around 105kmh.
"Big winds around, even for Wellington," Nepe said.
FENZ was also responding to reports of water going into someone’s ceiling in the Hutt area.
“They secure what they can,” she said of the crews. “If they can’t secure it, due to safety reasons, then they have to leave it, but they do the best they can with what they’ve got.”
She said any incidents involving power lines were referred to the power company.
Crews were also called to an incident that saw a tree and powerline fall on the road in Wainuiomata and a car hit it.
Beets said no-one had been injured, but the council and power company, as well as FENZ, were at the scene on Coast Road. She said police were en route.
She said they were on “stand by” on Saturday ready to deal with any calls that come in.
“Ring us and we’ll offer advice or if we can’t help we’ll get the appropriate [teams].”
A police spokesperson said their main role during these types of weather events was assisting Civil Defence. The spokesperson said there were usual bad weather events 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 place until 6pm Saturday night.
"Still in for quite a bit of wind until later this afternoon."
The front was expected to move away from the Wellington region, easing conditions slightly. Nepe said wind gusts would still be strong, but not as strong as they had been.
A sewer pipe has burst on State Highway 1 near Plimmerton, sending wastewater flowing across the highway.
Porirua City Mayor Anita Baker said on Facebook an urgent repair was under way, but people were advised to avoid the area.