Wild night here with high winds. Noisy!
Quite scary and relieved again the tree next door was hacked back recently!
We secured everything late in the evening
but many rubbish bins were already spilled out on the street.
Drove to work early today but apart from a steady range of broken branches and things tipped over it looked washed and blown clean.
The storm-force northwest winds - a record 251.9 kilometres per hour was recorded on the Mt Hutt summit - sparked countless scrub fires, uprooted trees, snapped power poles, tore roofs off buildings and overturned a truck, while a lightning strike set a West Coast house alight.
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