No damage reported as wind lashes region

By Jesse Clark

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Strong winds brought branches down and blew flowers around the cemetery in Orchard Rd, Hastings, yesterday.Photo/Glenn Taylor
Strong winds brought branches down and blew flowers around the cemetery in Orchard Rd, Hastings, yesterday.Photo/Glenn Taylor

No damage was reported after some strong, gusty winds were recorded in Hawke's Bay yesterday.

Winds picked up early yesterday morning as gusts were recorded at 50km/h at 9am.

Throughout the day, gusts strengthened to 65km/h in Hastings and Napier, also a strong 90km/h wind peak was recorded at Cape Kidnappers.

A MetService New Zealand spokesperson said the strong winds were evident in most of the North Island, with winds in Wairarapa reaching 95km/h and 120km/h over the Rimutaka Range.

"We expect peak gusts to occur during the mid-afternoon in Hawkes Bay and they will slowly diminish through the evening.

"Most of the moisture involved will stay in the west, with Hawke's Bay expecting a great rest of the week until the weekend where rain is forecast."

Local fire brigades had no wind-related reports or incidents to report.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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