A woman feared for her life as huge waves swept across a Nelson road and almost smashed her into a bank.
Wild weather is causing chaos across Nelson, where roads are being closed and residents evacuated.
One woman's car was almost swept off Rocks Rd.
"I called my husband to say goodbye," said Melissa Richards, who was on her way to work from her home on Victoria Rd this morning.
"I saw there was no cars on Rocks Rd, which was unusual but I kept going. I went around the first corner and the waves were flying out. I got taken into the bank. The wave just slam dunked across the road."
Richards followed a truck out of the chaos but not before calling her husband to say she thought she might not make it.
"The police officer said I was very lucky."
A Radio New Zealand car was crushed while the reporter reported on the storm in Nelson. (Photo / Nelson App)