South Island storm: Buildings rattled, trees and powerlines torn down

Buildings are shaking and trees and power lines are down on roads across the South Island as wild weather sets in. 

High winds and rain have caused havoc across the southern part of the South Island late on Wednesday. 

Emergency services are responding to multiple incidents due to weather-related events. Trees and power lines have been brought down on multiple roads in Canterbury and Central Otago.

Aurora Energy says around 4200 people are currently without power in the Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago districts due to fallen power lines. 

Power lines are down across multiple roads in Otago and Canterbury including on Dunns Ave, Pines Beach.
Power lines are down across multiple roads in Otago and Canterbury including on Dunns Ave, Pines Beach. Photo credit: Supplied/Rebecca Midgley
South Island storm: Buildings rattled, trees and powerlines torn down
Photo credit: Supplied/Cherie Carson

Two large trees have fallen across Speargrass Rd at Lake Hayes near Queenstown, and a large tree has also fallen across Glenorchy Rd, blocking motorists from driving down it. 

Fire and Emergency New Zealand are dealing with several other incidents in Canterbury and in Central Otago, including a power pole fire in Frankton. 

A picture of the storm rolling in over Huntsbury, Christchurch.
A picture of the storm rolling in over Huntsbury, Christchurch. Photo credit: Supplied/Andrew Robinson

Rockfall has closed Arthurs Pass between Otira and Candy's Creek. 

Motorists are being advised to delay all unnecessary travel due to the extreme weather. 

A Newshub reporter captured an impressive time lapse of the wild weather moving north towards Christchurch - watch in the video above. 

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