Severe Gales To Continue Today (Photos From Yesterday)

May 16, 2019
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Southland was battered by gale force winds and rain most of Wednesday continuing today.
Below is the forecast from Metservice and some of the photos posted to the What’s On Invers Facebook page, also watch the video of shipping containers falling into the harbour at Southport, Bluff.

Severe gale westerly for coastal Clutha, Southland including Stewart Island.

A disturbed west to southwesterly flow covers central and southern New Zealand. A couple of fronts embedded in this flow move northeast over New Zealand overnight Wednesday and on Thursday, with a period of severe westerly gales likely in the far south of the South Island where strong wind Warnings are in force.

 

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Gale force winds blow shipping containers into Bluff Harbour. Video: Shane Thompson / whatsoninvers.nz

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Strong Wind Warning
Strong wind gusts could damage trees, powerlines and unsecured structures. Driving may be hazardous, especially for high-sided vehicles and motorcycles.

Photo: Shelly Adelle Milne

Photo: Atinderjot Singh Dhaliwal

Area: Coastal Clutha and Southland
Valid: 9 hours from 9:00pm Wednesday to 6:00am Thursday
Forecast: Southwest gales severe at times, with gusts 120 km/h.

Area: Stewart Island
Valid: 9 hours from 9:00pm Wednesday to 6:00am Thursday
Forecast: Severe southwest gales gusting 130 km/h at times.

Lost a tree. Photo: Tracy Kilkelly

The wind is crazy! Come home to find the trampoline thru the garage window. Photo: Julie Little

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