It turns out that going away to the Far North (of New Zealand) last week for a holiday was an excellent decision. While we were away one of the worst storms in 40 years battered the Wellington region, Wairarapa and Kapiti Coast, ripping up trees, pulling roofs off houses, smashing windows and sending power lines crashing to the ground. With winds reached 180km per hour and heavy rain brought flooding in some parts. [Via Stuff.]
Apparently Wellington came to a standstill as flights and ferries were cancelled, roads were flooded and with water over the railway lines, trains were cancelled too. 2,500 homes lost power for a while. The owner of the cattery we took our three cats to said they were without power for more than a day.
Meanwhile, we were swanning round, relaxing, with nothing more annoying than a few gentle rain showers and a bit of a breeze.