The NZ Transport Agency is urging Wellington motorists to be on the lookout for surface flooding and high winds today.
Heavy rain has resulted in widespread surface flooding and poor visibility, and winds are expected to pick up, rising to 130km/h gales.
“Slippery roads are much more dangerous, as they can turn minor errors into major problems. We encourage everyone to factor in the wet conditions by dropping their speeds, keeping their headlights on, and giving the vehicle in front plenty of space.
“Heavy rain and wind can also result in debris on the road, so keep your eyes peeled for any obstructions.”
Mr Owen says high winds pose a particular hazard to high sided vehicles such as vans, and to anyone on two wheels. Motorists are asked to take extra care around cyclists and motorcyclists, as winds can cause them to drift into one’s path without warning.
He says contractors are monitoring the road network and will be acting quickly to address any hazards to motorists.
Mr Owen says motorists should allow extra time for their journeys, as the roads tend to be busier and slower during poor weather. He says people should plan ahead for their journeys, and check the Metservice website and online traffic information before heading out.