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The Metservice has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for local areas.

Forecasters say an active trough moving over the Manawatu and Tararua areas this morning is likely to be accompanied by squally thunderstorms, possibly bringing wind gusts of more than 110km/hr and localised damaging tornadoes.

They say if tornadoes occur, they will only affect very localised areas.

The Hawke's Bay region is expected to be affected from late morning and during the afternoon.

People are advised to take care when driving, and to keep up to date with the latest forecasts.


The flag at the Central Hawke's Bay District Council was a half mast yesterday for long-serving staff member, David Stiles.

Mr Stiles, who had been Councils Animal Control Officer for 23 years, passed away on Friday.

In paying tribute, Council Chief Executive, Monique Davidson, said David made an outstanding contribution to Central Hawke's Bay.

She said Council staff are mourning the loss of a very special colleague.

Last year David won the inaugural Central Hawke's Bay District Council "Together we Thrive" Award for going above and beyond, something Mrs Davidson said what David did "always going above and beyond".

She said she has heard many stories about how people would ring David Stiles personal phone number instead of the Council, which is telling to the man he was because his sense of loyalty and duty to his job was a priority.

Mrs Davidson said he had made a large impact on her in the 10 short months she had known him, and said his positive and courageous outlook on life taught everyone about the importance of life and those who we love the most.

A private funeral service was held yesterday.