One person is dead after a tree fell on a car in the Bay of Plenty.
At about 10.45am emergency services were called to Arawa Street, Rotorua, near Amohia Street, following reports a tree had come down on a car and building.
“It has been established that the sole occupant of the car has died and emergency services are working to remove her from the vehicle,” says police.
“Arawa Street has been closed and diversions are being put in place while emergency services respond to the incident.
“Police have also checked on staff working in the building on Arawa Street which was hit by the tree and they are all ok.”
As well as this incident, two trees have come down on Long Mile Road, Rotorua, and one has fallen onto a car.
No one was in the vehicle. A tree has also come down across Sala Street, Rotorua.
“Both roads are completely blocked and traffic management is in place. Police ask that people stay away from this forest area.
“Bay of Plenty Police ask that people avoid all unnecessary travel and take extreme care if out and about during these weather conditions.
“We also ask that people avoid low lying roads and coastal areas across Bay of Plenty as water levels are high making conditions extremely dangerous.”