Strong winds in the South Island cause havoc as trucks blown off roads, roofing iron lifts

State Highway 1 near Milton was blocked after a truck and trailer were blown off the road by high winds. Photo / Included

Two trucks went off the road and the roof iron flew into the air as high winds wreak havoc in the south.

Police are calling on drivers to be careful after two trucks and trailers went off the road due to high winds.

A police spokeswoman said the first happened on Milton Highway at 3:30 p.m., where a truck and trailer were blown over, completely blocking the road.

“There were no injuries, but the driver was understandably quite shaken.”

The second occurred on McRaes Rd at 4:40 PM this afternoon, where the road was blocked when another truck and trailer rolled over, she said.

No one was injured in this crash either.

The road has been blocked by a truck and trailer after it went off the road today due to strong winds.  Photo / Included
The road has been blocked by a truck and trailer after it went off the road today due to strong winds. Photo / Included

Police advise people with high vehicles to be careful on the road.

Due to the strong wind, roof iron flew out of a house in Balclutha this afternoon.

Gormack St tenant Kerry Young said iron sheets from her roof began to land noisily in her yard during a northwesterly storm around 2:45 p.m.

She said the slabs were accompanied by concrete wind blocks, which had been used to anchor the long-term over the existing roof.
She contacted emergency services and the Balclutha Fire and Police Department arrived shortly after to remove and secure the loose sheets.

Ms Young, a full-time mother of three elementary school-aged children, said she was relieved that the incident hadn’t happened during the recent lockdown.

“It could have been a lot worse if the kids were home and playing outside. It just flew everywhere and made a terrible noise.”

A neighbor said she warned the property’s landlord about roofing problems about a year ago after similar high winds.

MetService has issued a strong wind warning for Otago and Southland.

Severe northwesterly storms are expected for many exposed parts of the South Island, especially in the east where damaging winds of up to 120 km/h are possible over Canterbury High Canterbury tonight and early Friday morning.

“Strong gusts of wind can damage trees, power lines and unsecured structures. Driving can be dangerous, especially for high-sided vehicles and motorcycles.”

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