2 Feb 2018

Weather: Huge cleanup across NZ after storm Fehi

From Morning Report, 6:40 am on 2 February 2018

It's going to be a big cleanup for many parts of the country today after Thursday's storm. The remnants of tropical storm Fehi brought winds of up to 160km/h, torrential rain to coastal areas and a destructive combination of storm surges and king tides. Thousands are still without power across the country and south of Greymouth 115 motorists stranded on the state highway near Franz Josef. They've spent the night in their vehicles after downed power lines and trees blocked the State Highway. They include young tourists on a Kiwi Experience bus. Westland civil defence is hoping to get a helicopter in the air about now to check on. Further north in Buller the high tide has come and gone and thankfully has not resulted in another major storm surge. The district council says all those who had to leave their homes are safe and sound in motels or with friends and family. Buller's mayor Garry Howard says some homes have been affected by untreated sewage after torrential flooding