Rimutaka summit and Kelburn – windiest places in NZ during the gales

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MetService reports that the summit of the Rimutaka Hill Road was the windiest place in New Zealand yesterday, with gusts recorded to 169km/h at 3pm.

Next was Kelburn which recorded 138km/h at 9am and 135km/h at 6pm. Masterton whistled through at 128km/h at 8pm. Many other spots in Wellington and Wairarapa recorded gusts to between 120-125km/h.

News from NZ Police – October 14
Wellington Police, the New Zealand Transport Agency and the Wellington City Council are warning the public to plan ahead for their journey home tonight. It is likely that high winds will still be hitting the city and commuters should consider the safest way to get home tonight. The warning comes after a white Toyota Hiace van overturned (top photo) while it was travelling southbound on the SH1 Johnsonville Motorway at just after 1.00pm.

Cyclist, motorbikes and high-sided vehicles are at most risk. However all drivers in any vehicle should be driving with extreme care or cancelling unnecessary travel where possible. Those on foot should also take care in high-wind areas of the city such as the area around Featherston and Whitmore Streets.

Drivers should be wary of the possibility of fallen trees or branches and the possibility of downed overhead power lines. If they come across downed lines, they should stay clear and call 111.

Drivers travelling on coastal roads should also exercise caution as it is possible there will sea spray and debris washed on to the road.

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