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Strong winds with potential to damage trees and property are expected to buffet parts of Hawke's Bay over the next 24 hours.
Rugby was almost the first casualty of the gale force winds, forecast to sweep across the region as a large low pressure system envelops the country.
Strong winds at Wellington Airport forced the cancellation of the Magpies flight south yesterday, forcing the team to bus to the capital for their scheduled ITM Cup clash with Wellington at Westpac Stadium tonight.
The captain's run planned for yesterday was cancelled and Magpies manager Neil Weber said the team would check out the stadium today to get a feel for the conditions.
MetService yesterday issued a severe weather warning for Hawke's Bay as northwesterlies whipped up by the low pressure system were expected to reach 120km/h in exposed places.
Northern and eastern regions of the North Island, along with Wellington would get the worst of the wind. A thunderstorm warning was issued for most of the rest of the North Island yesterday.
Lightning caused fires and power outages to thousands of residents as a powerful storm moved across New Zealand.
The Met Office said there were 109 lightning strikes in the lower North Island, setting fire to a shed and trees in the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa region.
Meteorologists were forecasting more severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes, as two fronts move across the North Island.
Gale northwesterlies are forecast to lessen to strong northwesterlies tomorrow across the Bay, with temperatures mild, little chances of rain and an easing of the winds by Wednesday.