Region survives weather battering

By Amy Shanks

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Get ready for sunshine, it's time to enjoy your Easter Weekend. The MetService says the worst of the bad weather is over and clear skies are returning to the Bay.

Hawke's Bay has been hit by heavy rain and howling winds, but the forecast is looking bright for the remainder of Easter Weekend.

MetService duty meteorologist David Miller said yesterday's showers should be the last until Tuesday, when holiday makers begin returning to work.

"Hawke's Bay is looking pretty good from today, there may be the odd drizzly patch throughout the ranges [tonight] but other than that it should be fine," he said.

Today brings clear skies and sunshine, with a high of 24 degrees in Napier and 23 degrees in Hastings. Cloud will roll over the region tomorrow, but temperatures were promising with a maximum of 24 degrees in both cities.

Inclement weather, which caused trees to fall, drains to flood, power outages and minor slips, was brought on by a front associated with the tropical low moving south.

Hastings recorded 47ml of rain in 24 hours overnight on Thursday, Napier reached 29ml, and there was up to 50ml in the ranges.

Yesterday afternoon, Unison crews returned power to a remaining 30 homes on Kahuranaki Rd near Havelock North - the last of 30 repairs across Rotorua, Taupo and Hawke's Bay over a 24 hour period.

The majority of power outages were caused by trees and debris touching or bringing down power lines.

"We encourage all customers to ensure they know how to stay safe if they do come across fallen power lines," Unison customer relations manager Danny Gough said.

Parts of the South Island still had heavy rain warnings in place, but a north to northwest flow provided shelter for Hawke's Bay.

Guthrie Park and Park Island were under assessment yesterday, with players asked to visit the Central Football website for updated information on game cancellations.

Hawke's Bay's Gold Cup will be a fun day out for the family in Hastings today. "Some horses may withdraw [today] depending on the conditions, it will go in the favour of some and against others, but generally speaking those who have come don't mind the track a bit softer, it's been like this all week," Hawke's Bay Racing chief executive Jason Fleming said.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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