Extreme Weather in New Zealand on February 01 2018 04:58 AM (UTC).
Winds gusting more than 140kmh have hammered the Wellington region, toppling trees, canceling flights, turning wheelie bins into "missiles" and whipping up waves that have flooded highways and eaten away sea walls. Metservice was forecasting gales across the region on Thursday as much of the country is hit by the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Fehi. A wind gust of 142kmh was recorded at Mt Kaukau in Wellington about midday. A 135kmh gust was also recorded in the suburb of Kelburn about 1 pm. Multiple flights have been canceled or delayed arriving and departing Wellington Airport where winds of 116kmh have been recorded. Wellington City Council said the suburbs of Brooklyn, Karori, and Tawa suffered surface flooding as heavy rain also pelted the capital. By about 4 pm on Thursday, Wellington had received about 20mm of rain in the previous 12 hours. Trees were blown over in a number of suburbs, including a large pohutukawa in Miramar and a large pine out towards Makara Beach. Spokesman Richard MacLean said a traffic light was blown down on the corner of Everton Terrace and Boulcott St, while a streetlight in the suburb of Southgate was also left "dangling" after being damaged by high winds. "There are also recycling wheelie bins blowing around in Newtown and the southern suburbs and turning into unguided missiles - motorists and pedestrians are urged to take special care," he said.