Wild Wellington weather grounds flights, closes roads

Source: 1News

Wild weather hitting the lower North Island has seen roads closed, flights grounded and over a thousand people left without power.

High winds have reportedly seen a car blown onto boulders at Ōwhiro Bay.

Outages caused by gusts of up to 130km an hour have left 1,271 properties across Wairarapa without electricity, with reconnection efforts hampered by floods and closed roads.

A street in central Wellington was forced to close for about 30 minutes on Thursday morning while a building's window was repaired and stabilised.

Willis St is now open after concerns over the stability of the window saw it closed.

Meanwhile, waves breaking onto Marine Drive on the way to Eastbourne have forced it to close.

The waves have seen a catamaran smashed into the side of the road in the area as well.

High winds have reportedly seen a car blown onto boulders at Ōwhiro Bay and cancelled flights in and out of Wellington Airport.

Hutt City Council told 1News that parts of Marine Drive, along with Seaview Rd, are expected to be closed until around 5pm at this stage.

Port Rd is also closed and surface flooding has affected Randwick Rd.

The suburb of Waiwhetu has surface flooding and slips have affected Eastern Hutt, London and Miromiro roads.

Part of Lake Ferry Rd has been closed due to flooding and Admiral Rd, the only access road for Hinekura residents, is blocked by trees which are being cleared, Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office tweeted.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency said a section of SH58 Whitby has been closed due to a slip.

A bulldozer attempts to clear debris on Marine Drive, Eastbourne.

It also warned motorists travelling eastbound on SH58 at Pauatahanui to drive with care due to surface flooding.

Wairarapa farmer Samuel Walsh told 1News the "pretty aggressive" weather had seen him getting calves "out of the wet" and one paddock rescuing some who were "swimming".

South Wairarapa District Mayor Alex Beijen, speaking from the local government conference in Palmerston North, said he'd heard of "quite a bit of flooding", slips and power outages.

Just out of Martinborough, Anneka Handyside sent photos to 1News showing herself and her family "completely flooded in".

"Our road is flooded, as is the surrounding farm."

MetService has issued an orange heavy rain warning for the Wairarapa and an orange strong wind warning for Wellington and Wairarapa.

A heavy rain watch is also in place for Wellington, along with a strong wind watch for Kāpiti.

Many of these warnings and others are in place for parts of the North and South islands.

It comes as parts of Christchurch and Banks Peninsula experience flooding following heavy rain.