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Gale winds batter Wellington overnight

Fire and Emergency services attended 26 weather related call-outs on Monday night (File photo).

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Fire and Emergency services attended 26 weather related call-outs on Monday night (File photo).

Strong northwesterly winds battered Wellington on Monday night keeping Fire and Emergency busy.

Fire and Emergency shift manager Chris Dalton said crews attended 26 weather related call-outs overnight in Wellington City, Brooklyn, Newlands and Upper and Lower Hutt.

“Wellington gets smashed by the wind as it is, but this wind is just coming in at a different angle which can make some problems for us,” Dalton said.

Crews attended incidents of fallen trees, roofs lifting, broken windows, downed power lines and broken cladding during the night.

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Dalton said he was unaware of any injuries relating to the call-outs.

A strong wind warning was in place until 9am on Tuesday for Wairarapa, including the Tararua District, Wellington and Marlborough Sounds.

Metlink predicted severe gale northwesterlies in exposed places, gusting up to 120kmh. Winds were forecast to ease in the morning but remain strong during Tuesday.

A heavy rain watch was also in place for the Tararua ranges from 6am to 1pm Tuesday.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Authority issued a strong wind warning on State Highway 2 Remutaka Hill Rd overnight. The warning remained in place as of 5.50am on Tuesday.

Motorists were advised to take extra care in the area especially high-sided or lighter weight vehicles and motorcycles.

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