South Island to be battered by severe weather

South Island to be battered by severe weather
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The South Island is about to be blasted by severe weather with gale force winds and heavy rain on the way. 

MetService has a heavy rain warning in place for Canterbury and the West Coast.

Between 160mm and 200mm of rain could accumulate overnight Wednesday into Thursday afternoon on the main divide. Peak intensities could see between 25 to 35mm of rain falling per hour. 

The exceptional amounts of rain could result in slips and flooding particularly in the Westland area, MetService warns. 

In addition, northwest gales are expected to batter the Canterbury High Country. A strong wind warning is in place where gusts could exceed 130kph in exposed places. 

People are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings that may be imposed in their area.