4 Jan 2010

Canterbury wind warning

4:52 pm on 4 January 2010

High winds are moving up the South Island, prompting a warning from police to motorists.

The winds have snapped tree branches and fanned scrub fires in parts of Canterbury on Monday afternoon. In Akaroa, a P-class two-seater yacht was lifted out of the water and swept ashore by the wind.

Police say motorists heading home through Canterbury after the holidays need to drive to the conditions.