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Power restored to most Wellington homes

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/02/2017

While power has been restored to most, more than 250 Wellington homes are still without electricity after strong winds brought down powerlines.

More than 2000 homes were left without power on Monday, but Wellington Electricity says most are now up and running again, with the rest expected to have power restored by 2pm.

Around 160 of those are Newlands, and about 100 are in Upper Hutt.

High winds have also caused crashes making it difficult to drive on State Highway 2, near Dannevirke, and police are asking drivers to be cautious.

Gales also closed the Rimutaka Hill Road section of SH2.

North-west gales of up to 150km/h winds can still be expected in Wellington and the Wairarapa until early Monday evening, while they seem to have passed in Martinborough.

Other parts of the country have also had severe weather warnings issued, including heavy rain in the South Island around Westland and the Buller ranges.

Thunderstorms and hail may develop in Fiordland through Westland.

The Tararua ranges could see up to 180mm of rain as well as strong winds.

All sailings in the Wellington harbour were cancelled on Monday morning, except the Interislander due to the rough weather.

Shuttles have replaced the ferries leaving from Days Bay in Lower Hutt and one from Queens Wharf in the city.

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