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Strong winds delay flights

Published: 9:48AM Tuesday February 05, 2013 Source: ONE News/Newstalk ZB

Strong winds have led to flights being delayed in New Plymouth today.

Airport Manager Kevin Hill says the wind picked up around lunchtime and is gusting at about 45 knots.

Kevin Hill says Q300 planes servicing New Plymouth can only handle up to 34 knots, and are being diverted to Wanganui and Palmerston North.

Meanwhile, there were reports of severe flooding in parts of the Wellington region today.

This follows the downpour of rain that came with 150 lightning strikes and flooded properties and disrupted traffic in Wellington over night.

Fire Service shift manager Murray Dunbar said the service got 67 callouts in the greater Wellington region between 8-10.30pm.

While Wellington was spared serious flooding, it stretched from Tawa, across to Hutt Valley and Porirua, before moving further north towards Whanganui.

Around seven homes were cut off by flooding in Porirua this morning.

Akatawara road - which joins Waikanae and the Hutt Valley - was closed last night after it was blocked by debris.

The Upper Hutt City Council website says the road is now open, but extra care is neeeded to be taken between Crest Road and Karapoti Road.

Upper Hutt resident Paul Lambert says he couldn't get home last night, and stayed at a friends.

Lambert says council staff are already out assessing the damage.

Metservice meteorologist Daniel Corbett says rainfall across the region ranged from 50 to over 100mm and it made up a good chunk of the region's monthly average.

Check out the forecast for your area on our weather page.

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