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Gales fell trees, tip pole in roundabout

Gale force north-to-northwesterly winds that battered the district yesterday reached gusts of more than 100 kilometres an hour and felled several trees, but did not cause much in the way of power disruption.

An Eastand Network spokesman said this morning the Mata Road and Ihungia Road had issues, with about 40 customers up there losing electricity.

“They will get their power restored today.”

The outages on those roads were caused by falling trees, he said.

“There were also half-a-dozen isolated faults, and again those customers will have their power back today.”

There were some isolated outages in the Wairoa district as well that were being dealt with today.

The high winds also closed a main Gisborne thoroughfare for about two hours, after a street light pole on the Roebuck Road-Gladstone Road roundabout was blown sideways.

The roundabout and sections of both roads were closed and detours put in place for about two hours while council contractors safely removed the pole.

“We also had reports of trees down on Gaddums Hill, Taumata Road, Goodwin Road and multiple trees down on Wharekopae Road and two street lights were arching on Desmond Road,” a GDC spokeswoman said.

TIPSY: High winds yesterday blew a street light pole on the Roebuck Road-Gladstone Road roundabout out of alignment and felled trees around the district. Picture by GDC