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Strong winds in some local areas have died down this morning.

The Metservice had issued a strong wind watch for areas of Hawke's Bay south of Waipukurau last night.

Westerly winds were predicted to approach severe gale in exposed areas from six last night until about three this morning.

Areas of Tararua were also expected to get strong winds overnight.

Meanwhile there were no issues from a heavy swell warning issued for the local coastline over the weekend.

The Hawke's Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group were monitoring the situation after the Metservice warned exposed coastal areas south of Cape Kidnappers to prepare for large swells from Saturday night through to late morning yesterday.

CHB District Council spokesman, Doug Tate, said the Council had people on standby.


The New Zealand Transport Agency says there will be six days of westbound closures on the Saddle Road this week.

Contractors are doing work on the Ashurst side of the Saddle, and will close the westbound lane from 8.30am - 2.30pm from today through until Saturday.

NZTA also says there will be multiple stop/go sites in place along the road.

Motorists are advised to use the Pahiatua Track during the times the Saddle Road is closed.


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