Windy Wellington


Our capital city certainly lived up to its name yesterday.  All day long we were battered with gale force winds and torrential rain.  A friend commented that it was as bad as the day in which The Wahine foundered on Barretts Reef at the entrance to Wellington Harbour.  In all 51 people lost their lives in spite of the valiant rescue attempts of many.

I wasn’t in Wellington on that fateful day – April 10, 1968 – but the tragedy was beamed around the country and around the world.  We were shown images of the disaster and the rescuers in action.  We sat glued to the television as the drama unfolded.  We didn’t know Wellington then having recently arrived in New Zealand and were living in Auckland but we could see the rugged coastline and the reef on which the vessel came to rest.

But yesterday’s storm did not cause loss of life; it did, however, cause much damage.  It is reported that “At its peak, winds gusting up to 200kmh damaged buildings and tore trees from the ground. …Lashing rain caused surface flooding and, at times, up to 30,000 residents were without power. Conditions were so treacherous that some council and power companies stopped their workers from carrying out repairs.”  Click here to read the rest of this and see the devastation caused by the wind and rain.

Fortunately, we came through this storm unscathed.  The only damage that I can see is the garden furniture blown around and some of the cyclamens that I planted in pots to brighten the entry to the house have been battered, but a small price to pay for what could have been so much worse.  Across the road a tree has been blown down taking part of a newly installed fence with it and blocking the footpath.

A series of calls to and from friends and relatives confirmed that all were well and had suffered little or no damage to their property.  So now on this wet and still windy Friday, my small dog and I are having a quiet day at home.  There is no attraction for leaving the fireside, except that later Bella will have to have a very short walk.

Here’s a rainbow for those who did suffer damage to their property.  At this time we have heard of no injuries to people.


My rainbow


31 responses to “Windy Wellington

  1. I am so happy you came through unscathed from the storms. We had them here last summer and they called one really nasty one a “derecho.”
    Stay safe and comfy with sweet Bella.

    • Thanks Dor – I think it is Mother Nature shaking her skirts at what we are doing to the earth, or perhaps it is just a combination of weather patterns.

  2. thanks for sharing your experience Judith. It was relatively safe here in Lower Hutt but the howling kept my wife awake all night long. It was oddly comforting to me though… stay safe!

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  4. I’m glad you came through unscathed Judith. I hope things improve before you and Bella have to take that walk. xx Hugs xx

    • No the rain just kept coming for days. It was only yesterday, Sunday that it let up. But I had no damage to my property at all.
      Thanks for the comment.

  5. Glad you weathered the storm well.

  6. Glad you’re OK Judith! Glad I’m not in the South Island.

  7. Mad weather all over the world – glad you are safe.

  8. We’ll weather the weather, whatever the weather … 🙂

  9. I’m glad you got throught the weather Ok. The rainbow looks glorious if that was any consolation

  10. I’m glad all is well for you!

  11. I keep hearing so many reports of extreme weather. I’m glad you came through the storms with no damage! Stay safe and have a wonderful weekend.

    • Thanks Kathy. The storm lasted for several days and left much devastation behind it. The task of clearing up is well under way as the rain stopped yesterday.

  12. I’m glad you are safe. That was some storm.

    • Thanks Patti. Some 8,000 houses in the more remote areas of the region have been without power four days now. How does one keep warm without power.

  13. Beautiful rainbow – God’s promise. We’ve had rain and bad storms much more than usual in Illinois this spring. As long as the roof doesn’t blow off, the garden is pretty happy. In my case, that means dandelions and poison ivy.

    • Thanks Peg. I think Mother Nature is shaking her skirts at us and showing us just what she is capable of doing. The cyclamens that looked so very pretty in all the pots dotted around the front patio are looking very sorry for themselves now. Hopefully, they will survive. 🙂

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  15. The weather has been most unusual in the past few years. At least I seems so. I spend more time on the weather channel than the news outlets. Thank you for the beautiful rainbow at the end of the story.

  16. The weather has been most unusual in the past few years. At least it seems so. I spend more time on the weather channel than the news outlets. Thank you for the beautiful rainbow at the end of the story.

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