Things are appearing to be quite bad in the south and in Wellington.
Three floors of scaffolding have collapsed at a central Wellington construction site as powerful winds cause chaos and forecasters warn the “meat” of the storm is still to come.
The gusts have been battering Wellington and the South Island all day, with the force growing in the capital since midday.
Just before 5pm, MetService recorded a 124kmh wind gust in Wellington. At a similar time, three floors of scaffolding came smashing down at a building site on Willis St, just along from the Telecom Centre in the central business district.
The street has been closed. A Fire Service spokesman said there were fears that the scaffolding could be “live” as a result of contact with trolley bus lines, and pedestrians were being kept well clear.
“It’s very unstable, and could still present a risk to people,” he said.
No-one appears to have been hurt, but people have been asked to stay away from area because bits of debris are being blown about.
I’m seeing tweets of some pretty bad damage in Wellington.
Hoping people are able to stay safe, and they have some reasonable shelter.