Windy conditions causing havoc in Rotorua

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Windy conditions are having an impact on Rotorua roads with trees and power lines down.

Rotorua Lakes Council is asking people to drive carefully if they are on the road today.

MetService has recorded southerly winds averaging 41-52km/h at Rotorua Airport since midnight and expected to continue throughout today.

The weather is expected to ease overnight and the for tomorrow is for winds of about 30kph, says a statement on the council's website.

"So far today, due to the strong and gusty southeasterlies we are experiencing, the following have been reported.

-Tree blocking one lane on Waikite Valley Rd - now cleared

-Two trees blocking Ohakuri Road - crew are on site

-Tree blocking both lanes on Kapukapu Road - now cleared

-Powerline down along SH33 near Brunswick - Unison on site

-Tree blocking one lane near Brunswick - crew on site

"Contractors Fulton Hogan have two crews at each end of the district's roading network and will continue to monitor the weather and attend to calls as they come in. Additional resources will be sent in if required."

Fulton Hogan says at present all roads in the district are open, but motorists should drive to the conditions and be prepared for the unexpected.

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