Winds gusting up to 120km/h howled through Hawke's Bay yesterday.

A weather watch was issued as a front, which brought heavy rain and severe northwest gales to other regions earlier in the week, moved over parts of the North Island.

MetService meteorologist Arno Dyason said gale winds up to 120km/h were experienced in parts of Hawke's Bay and Tararua District, easing late last night.

Wind gusts on the Takapau Plains reached 100km/h yesterday afternoon, while at Hawke's Bay Airport winds reached 87km/h at 7pm.


Last night Waipukurau volunteer fire brigade deputy chief Glen Millar said more callouts were expected last night.

The brigade responded to calls of power being cut, roofs lifting and were even called out after a trampoline blew into a neighbour's yard.

Last night police urged drivers to take care while driving south of Hastings and through Central Hawke's Bay.

No roads had been closed but several trees had blown over onto roads and there was debris from a fallen tree on SH2 near Te Aute Hotel.

At about 8pm last night, the Unison website reported there were nearly 400 customers affected by four power cuts in Hastings District and more than 750 affected by two cuts in Bay View and Maraenui.

Mr Dyason said winds would ease today, although there could be stronger gusts in exposed areas.

A warning had been issued for Tararua District, with northwesterly gales exceeding 100km/h in exposed places forecast. They were expected to ease by this afternoon.