Wild Wellington

8824428_600x400  As some of you you might have heard, Wellington has been SMASHED by a storm which is still ongoing- we Barratts are all safe and well though.

8824494Our house took a battering as we are quite high up in Kelson, but apart from a loose piece of carport, we did ok. I did get soaked trying to fix the cover back on the fusebox when it blew off though and the winds were so ferocious they nearly blew on the ground. Its the strongest weather i have ever experienced in Wellington and New Zealand.

We had 200km/h winds and torrential rain from yesterday morning and all through the night. 30,000 people are without power (Kelson escaped this despite our neigbouring suburbs of Belmont and Normandale losing power) and there is huge amounts of damage everywhere; trees, signs, scaffolding, fences and power poles are down.

BNOuVASCIAEjHWlThe sea walls at Petone and Island Bay have been smashed to pieces and the southern coast road from Lyall Bay to Owhiro Bay loks like it has had an artillery barrage land on it.

All trains are cancelled, the airport is shut, and no ferries to the South Island (one of the Interislanders broke free of its mooring and had to ride the storm out anchored in Oriental Parade!!).

6757_10151645455329268_238447608_nIts still pretty gusty now as the clean up begins- could take a few weeks by the sounds of it.