Fog, winds hit re­gion

The Timaru Herald - - FRONT PAGE - BEN AULAKH

Wild winds caused prob­lems on stretches of ru­ral South Can­ter­bury high­ways on Fri­day af­ter Ti­maru awoke to a blan­ket of thick fog.

A camper­van was blown off the road on State High­way 8, near Hay­man Rd, be­tween Tekapo and Twizel, just af­ter 10.00am.

Shortly be­fore the crash, po­lice is­sued a strong wind warn­ing for the same stretch of high­way, with driv­ers of high-sided ve­hi­cles and mo­tor­cy­cles urged to take par­tic­u­lar care.

Just over half-an-hour later the wind warn­ing was ex­tended to State High­way 8 be­tween Omarama and Burke’s Pass.

A strong wind watch is­sued by the MetSer­vice for the Can­ter­bury High Coun­try said north­west­erly gales could strengthen to se­vere gales in ex­posed places be­tween 10pm Fri­day and 6am Satur­day.

MetSer­vice fore­caster Tim Coutts said the fog that cov­ered much of Ti­maru had been ‘‘a lit­tle bit un­ex­pected’’.

‘‘It looks like you have had a lit­tle bit of an on­shore wind that is quite moist and has just dragged in some low cloud and fog.’’

Morn­ing flights from Ti­maru were un­af­fected.

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