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Power companies warn central North Islanders to expect more power cuts

Weekend travel plans were on hold for those in the central North Island after major roads were closed as snow came in thick and fast overnight.

Some were still attempting to travel despite the closures.

One man in the region said they’ve had to conduct rescue missions all day.

"We've had to pull a couple of people out and tell them to turn around and go back - turn them around and send them home. Don't try it - the roads are closed for a reason."

But it wasn't just those on the road with issues.

Around 150,000 people were without power in Hawke’s Bay, Wairoa and Gisborne this morning as heavy snow fell on powerlines.

As the area is tough to reach, power company Transpower is warning people to expect further cuts tonight and tomorrow.

Farmers on the Napier-Taihape road were battling with work, despite having no power.

"You just have to be prepared and take each day as it comes, feeding stock, keeping their energy up," farmer Dan Cotterill said.

The bad weather is expected to continue into tonight and tomorrow, so central and lower North Islanders are being warned to just stay at home - and keep warm there.

Thousands are being warned they'll likely have power cuts tonight and tomorrow too, as heavy snow blankets the central North Island. Source: 1 NEWS


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