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SH1 remains blocked as South Island wet weather continues – The Press

Last updated 07:37, March 13 2017

An excavator works to clear slips south of Kaikoura following the November earthquake.

JOHN VASTA/FAIRFAX NZ

An excavator works to clear slips south of Kaikoura following the November earthquake.

Rain and southerly winds around Kaikoura could force Saturday’s State Highway 1 closure to continue into Monday.

The road between Peketa and Goose Bay reopened on Friday morning after being closed for more than three days, but closed again on Saturday morning.

Contractors were continuing work to clear slips, but MetService meteorologist Ravi Kandula said the poor weather would stick around at least for the day.

“The southerly’s a decent 30 to 40 kilometres at the moment . . . They’ve had up to 10, 15 millimetres [of rain] and that sort of intensity is expected to really continue for much of the morning and start to ease off during the afternoon.”

He said Marlborough would also face “consistent rainfall through most of the day”, while southerly winds would begin to ease further south to Christchurch, Timaru, Oamaru and Dunedin.

“Although they will have southerlies it won’t be anything that people are going to get too concerned about, but on the Kaikoura coast it could be quite strong.”

Westland would get “a little bit of a burst” on Monday morning, but that would ease along with rainfall in Buller and Nelson regions as it moved towards Marlborough, Kandula said.

Light rain would continue on the West Coast through the rest of the day, but widespread rainfall would persist from Canterbury to Invercargill on Monday.

Wet conditions would continue for Canterbury, Nelson and Marlborough on Tuesday, but weather would clear elsewhere.

“Most of the south-west of the island is pretty clear.”

 – Stuff


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