A few days ago I suggested that things could turn nasty.
They did. Wind gusts overnight are reported at 200 km/h on Mt Kaukau. I sincerely hope that no-one was silly enough to be up there measuring it, and that it was an automated reading.
Our lights flickered at around 7:30 as the wind began howling around the house. We gathered candles and flashlights and sure enough, about twenty minutes later we were plunged into darkness. Our emergency resources were pressed into service. Happily, we have reticulated gas for heating, cooking and hot water, so unless the house failed, we would be comfortable.
Listening to the house shuddering in the wind through the night was not conducive to restful sleep but we are still here this morning. The electricity has yet to be restored some forty hours later, but that is impacting about 8,000 households. Having been out and about, and seen the conditions in which the linemen are working, I find it hard to be too critical. On the other hand, I had not finished processing yesterday’s images and since the initial capture is stored on a USB drive that requires mains power, I can’t edit them or put them in my active archive on the laptop. Thus, this issue may be published later than I would like.
Yesterday’s wandering took place in the certain knowledge of the approaching storm, and though the weather ahead of it was unpleasant, the main front had yet to arrive. I got images of the weather from Day’s Bay. Bleak isn’t it?
It was no better from the road leading up to Korokoro where a bunch of commuters could be seen down below.
There was a certain mysterious appeal to Matiu/Somes Island, though it looked cold and miserable.
And finally, from the Maungaraki water tower lookout, the swirling mist made the Belmont regional park look interesting.
Tomorrow’s blog: the storm.