Friday, February 27, 2009

Wet Wet Wet

We had wet weather warning for this weekend. Throughout the night and day, we had rain and strong wind. Fortunately, the Mets office reported there were less damage than anticipated.

Winds gusted to more than 100km/h overnight throughout much of the top half of the North Island and traffic speed on Auckland Harbour Bridge was reduced to 60km/h as a precaution.

More heavy rain and gale force winds were expected over much of Northland today and police and emergency services advised people to stay inside unless their trip was urgent.

Overnight about 8000 homes and businesses lost power for a short time on the North Shore and to the west and north west of Auckland.

One of the biggest weather casualties was the Auckland Racing Club's $2.2 million New Zealand Derby meeting at Ellerslie..

The day's racing was postponed for 24 hours because of the weather outlook

I just took the top photo where we normally have a clear picture of our iconic Mt Eden Volcano. Now, the cloud has blanketed the mountain, and you can't see a thing. I had to go out, as it was Sam's karete upgrading examination. Many people were out on the road as well, despite the strong wind and rain.

The bottom photo is our Auckland Harbour Bridge. In a wet weather, motor bikers are discouraged from using the bridge. My daughter Gab bungy jumped from the bridge on a fine weather. I went to see her jump. Even on a good weather, the wind was very strong. This pix was taken last Wednesday when the weather was fine.


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