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New Zealand Wild Weather Update

Posted by te2ataria on July 23, 2009

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UPDATE – 24/07/2009 0:12:01 [by TEAA]

Storm causes North Island disruption

http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/newsdetail1.asp?storyID=160627

Wild weather is wrecking havoc around Wellington tonight with one slip closing State Highway 1 in the middle of peak hour traffic and another derailing a train.

A tree had come down causing the slip at Pukerua Bay, 35km northeast of Wellington, about 5.30pm, Inspector Mike Coleman, of Central police communications, said.

Large earth moving machinery had been brought in, and one lane had been opened about 8pm, which was alternating clearing the backlog of north and southbound traffic, he told NZPA. The nearest alternate route, Paekakariki hill road, was also closed about 6.30pm due to a large amount of gravel washed onto the road.

Sewage City [Wellington] pummeled by Wild weather
UPDATE: July 23, 2009, 8:37 pm

Wild weather [wreaking] havoc around Wellington

http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/5746683/wild-weather-wrecking-havoc-around-wellington/

Wild weather is wrecking havoc around Wellington tonight with one slip closing State Highway 1 in the middle of peak hour traffic and another derailing a train.

A tree had come down causing the slip at Pukerua Bay, 35km northeast of Wellington, about 5.30pm, Inspector Mike Coleman, of Central police communications, said.

Large earth moving machinery had been brought in, and one lane had been opened about 8pm, which was alternating clearing the backlog of north and southbound traffic, he told NZPA. The nearest alternate route, Paekakariki hill road, was also closed about 6.30pm due to a large amount of gravel washed onto the road.

Strong winds gusting up to 130kmh were forecast for Wellington and Wairarapa.

Winds up to 120kmh were forecast for Canterbury, Marlborough, Gisborne, high ground of the central North Island, the Kaimai and Coromandel Ranges and Great Barrier Island.

Wild weather pounding most parts of the country

Wild weather on the way

Severe winds have begun to lash the lower North Island, with the worst expected to bring down trees and powerlines later today.

The biggest gust recorded in the region this morning was 109 kmh on the Rimutaka Hill, but forecasters are warning that the worst weather will arrive this afternoon.

MetService said gusts of 130kmh will hit Wellington, Wairarapa and parts of the Hawke’s Bay from midday and continue throughout the day.

The winds are also expected to affect parts of the central North Island plateau, the Kaimai Range, Coromandel Peninsula and Great Barrier Island.

Severe norwesterly gales gusting up to 120kmh were expected to hit inland parts of Canterbury.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/2666319/Wild-weather-on-the-way

Lightening strikes are here. Time now for “Brimstone and Fire?”

Lightning strikes zap Invercargill

A cluster of lightning strikes struck Invercargill yesterday, blowing phone jacks out of walls, damaging electrical equipment and cutting electricity in part of the city.

Wet and wild weather that began in the early hours of yesterday morning culminated in a series of lightning strikes in north Invercargill about 9am.

Several houses in Talbot St were struck by bolts, described by one resident as a “fireball”.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/2664948/Lightning-strikes-zap-Invercargill

Environmental Safety News

Russian roulette 1080 challenge to mayor

http://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/2664034/Russian-roulette-1080-challenge-to-mayor

The carrot may or may not have been laced with 1080, the mayor was told when Mr Livingston pulled the stunt at a council special orders meeting in Taupo.

David Livingstone, a Turangi man opposed to the use of 1080 poison, challenged Mr Cooper to drink a glass of water containing the carrot.

Taupo Mayor Rick Cooper and his councillors were challenged to play Russian roulette today with a carrot that could have been laced with 1080 poison.

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