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The thunder, lightning, rain and potential tornados may have sent some people jumping for cover but the storm is passing and the famous Nelson sun is making an appearance before it sets.

severe thunderstorm watchJust before 9am this morning Metservice issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch with Nelson, Buller and Marlborough among the targets.

“There is a moderate risk that these thunderstorms could become SEVERE with strong wind gusts of greater than 110km/hr and may also be accompanied by damaging tornadoes.”

The storm is expected to continue through to 7:30pm tonight but the worst has passed and Metservice will issue an updated watch before that time.

Send any pictures of flooding or damage to our Nelson Live reporter.