Trucks blown off roads, roofing iron lifts as winds cause havoc

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

Police are calling on truck drivers to exercise caution after two trucks went off the road due to high winds in the area.

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.

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 around 2:45 p.m. during northwesterly storms.

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 arrived shortly after to remove and secure the loose sheets.

Ms Young, a full-time mother of three elementary school-age 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 had warned the property’s landlord about roofing problems about a year ago after similar high winds.

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

Severe northwesterly storms are expected for many exposed areas 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.”

– additional reporting Richard Davison

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