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Wild Weather: trees uprooted, ambulance crushed

No one was injured when the tree came down on an ambulance in the Bay of Plenty. Photos: Ohope Volunteer Fire Brigade/Facebook.

Wild weather seen in the Bay of Plenty overnight, is expected to continue today.

SunLive has received reported of trees being uprooted, including a possible tornado uprooting a tree in Memorial Park overnight.

An ambulance was crushed when a tree fell on it in Ohope. A police spokesperson says there was no one injured.

“We have a report of a tree coming down on a vehicle on Ohope Road, Maraetotara.

“It was reported about 10.10pm. No one was injured.”

A severe weather watch for heavy rain and strong winds remains in force for the Bay of Plenty.

The MetService says a complex low pressure system over central New Zealand is delivering rain and strong winds to many areas.

“An associated front continues to deliver a period of heavy northerly rain to Bay of Plenty and the central North Island high country. Meanwhile, a period of southeasterly rain is forecast for some eastern parts of the South Island.

“In addition, a period of strong west to southwesterly winds are expected for parts of the upper North Island and also about Banks Peninsula and the Kaikoura Coast on Wednesday.

“People are advised to keep up to date with forecasts as some areas on watch may be upgraded to a warning, or additional areas may be placed on watch.”

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: Bay of Plenty and the ranges of Gisborne
Valid: 5 hours from 8pm Tuesday to 1am Wednesday
Forecast: A period of heavy northerly rain, with isolated thunderstorms possible. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria, especially about the ranges of eastern Bay of Plenty and the ranges of Gisborne.

Area: The central high country between Taranaki and Bay of Plenty
Valid: 2 hours from 8pm to 10pm Tuesday
Forecast: A period of heavy northerly rain, with thunderstorms possible. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria, mainly about higher ground.

Area: Canterbury High Country, Canterbury Plains south of the Rakaia River, and the ranges of Westland
Valid: 9 hours from 8pm Tuesday to 5am Wednesday
Forecast: Southeasterly rain, heavy at times, and amounts may approach warning criteria.

Strong Wind Watch

Area: Auckland, Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato, Waitomo, and Bay Of Plenty from Papamoa westwards
Valid: 8 hours from 6am to 2pm Wednesday
Forecast: West to southwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places.

Area: Kaikoura Coast
Valid: 12 hours from 1am to 1pm Wednesday
Forecast: Southwesterly winds may approach severe gale in exposed places.

Area: Banks Peninsula
Valid: 8 hours from 5am to 1pm Wednesday
Forecast: Southwesterly winds may approach severe gale in exposed places.

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golly gosh

Posted on 18-12-2019 08:27 | By old trucker

This ambulance needs to be taken to the DOCTORS for a checkup and repair,my thoughts only ,golly they are lucky this could have ended up different, these people need a meddle for the AWESOME work they do,see a lot of stuff lots we the do not see, keep up the good work you guys,take care from The Old Trucker,10-4 out, phew. also thankyou to to Sunlive for all the Good work and reporting in 2019.