High winds in Wellington - plan for a safe journey home
High winds in Wellington prompts warning to plan for a safe journey home
Monday, 14 October 2013 - 3:31pm
Wellington Police, the New Zealand Transport Agency and the Wellington City Council are warning the public to plan ahead for their journey home tonight.
It is likely that high winds will still be hitting the city and commuters should consider the safest way to get home tonight.
The warning comes after a white Toyota Hiace van travelling southbound on the SH1 Johnsonville Motorway at just after 1.00pm this afternoon has overturned.
Cyclist, motorbikes and high-sided vehicles are at most risk however all drivers in any vehicle should be driving with extreme care or cancelling unnecessary travel where possible.
Those on foot should also take care in high-wind areas of the city such as the area around Featherston and Whitmore Streets.
Drivers should be wary of the possibility of fallen trees or branches and the possibility of downed overhead power lines. If they come across downed lines, they should stay clear and call 111.
Drivers travelling on coastal roads should also exercise caution as it is possible there will sea spray and debris washed on to the road.
For the latest updates, listen to the radio, check @NZTAwgtn for real time traffic and travel information (including the latest on the Rimutaka Hill Road) or check NZTA traffic cameras at www.nzta.govt.nz/webcams-wellington