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More gales, more rain

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Last night’s northwesterly gales have eased. However, MetService says that northerlies will remain strong in Wellington and could approach severe gale force for a time in exposed places until tonight. Rain will continue this afternoon.

Wellington.Scoop – November 8
Severe northwesterly gales gusting to 130 km/h in exposed places were forecast for Wellington and the Wairarapa until 11pm tonight.

MetService warnrf that wind gusts could damage trees, powerlines and unsecured structures. It says driving may be hazardous, especially for high-sided vehicles and motorcycles.

The Remutaka Hill Road was closed this afternoon because of the high winds. NZTA advised: please delay your journey or use the detour via SH1 to Ohau, SH57 and either the Pahīatua Track or Saddle Road which will add approximately 3 hours to your journey time.

The road reopened at 4.45 when the winds eased.

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