Take care on the roads as more bad weather strikes.


Waka Kotahi is urging drivers to take care on the roads as bad weather bears down once again on the Lower North Island and Upper South Island.

Heavy rain, high winds, and strong swells are all forecast to hit the centre of the country on Tuesday, 12 July, with the Metservice issuing multiple weather warnings. A heavy rain warning is in place for Marlborough, the Kaikoura coast, Golden Bay/Takaka, and the Tararua Ranges.

Mark Owen, Regional Manager Maintenance and Operations, says slips, rockfalls, fallen trees and other hazards can all be expected on the region’s roads.

“You never know what might be around the next corner. It is vital drivers drive to the conditions, expect the unexpected, and be prepared for delays and disruptions”.

“There’s a heavy swell warning for the Kapiti Coast. That could see debris washed onto State Highway 59 south of Paekakariki, and with a strong wind watch in place, it’s important drivers take care in exposed areas such as the Remutaka Hill”.

Mr Owen’s also urging drivers to plan ahead, check the road conditions and stay up to date on the latest weather warnings.

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