Gusty winds have brought trees down in Hastings, and cut power to 280 homes.
The wind reared its head this afternoon and could still be around on Wednesday to buffet the Black Caps as they take on India in sunny, warm conditions in Napier, MetService meteorologist James Millward said.
The wind could be similar to today which saw average wind speeds of 60km/h at Napier Airport about 4pm.
The strongest gust of wind was recorded on the Takapau Plains at 90km/h.
Napier also saw gusts hit gale force speeds of 80km/h.
In Mahora, in Hastings, a large tree split in two about 4.30pm, damaging the home owner's fence.
The owner had been lying in a hammock in the tree only an hour before the incident.
In Riverslea 280 homes were without power from 4.19pm to 4.45pm, Unison spokesman Danny Gough said.
The outage was caused by a tree blowing onto a line. The wind then blew the tree off the line, meaning Unison were able to reconnect the power quickly.
Wednesday is the first international cricket match at McLean Park since the 2017 debacle, when a match between Australia and New Zealand had to be abandoned due to inadequate outfield drainage following rain earlier in the day.
Despite the possible strong northwesterly winds, Wednesday will not test the new drainage system at McLean Park, according to Millward.
"There should be plenty of sun on offer too, we're not expecting anything in the way of rain really, on Wednesday."
It should also be warm - Wednesday will get to 30C in Napier, and will be slightly warmer in Hastings with 31C.
It's a narrow miss though - a front moving up the country is expected to bring rain to Hawke's Bay on Thursday.