Further gales on horizon

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Winds reached 78km/h on South Hill over Sunday night, but left little damage behind.

Waitaki District Council emergency services manager Chris Raine said there had been reports of satellite dishes being dislodged from roofs in Kakanui and trees leaning precariously over houses.

“In South Canterbury, lightning is causing tree fires,” he said.

Elevated thunderstorms also appeared to the west of North Otago yesterday.

North-westerly gales were strong in Macraes, Herbert and Kurow yesterday, with low air pressure causing strong gales in North Otago yesterday afternoon.

Waimate District Council planning and regulatory manager Brent Donaldson said there was little damage in the area, apart from some branches putting pressure on power poles on Lower Hook Rd.

As of yesterday afternoon, Mr Raine said winds were expected to turn onshore, triggering showers over the foothills.

Mr Raine said there was a risk of one or two thunderstorms developing.

There is also more north-west gales forecast for Thursday.

By Jessie Waite