Cleaning up after Cyclone Cook

It is nearly midday day here in Hastings, New Zealand.  I am very late today.  I had a good reason.  Our power was out for over 13 hours.  It cut out last night around 9.30 PM, so I just went to bed.  What else is there to do.  So this morning I woke up very early.  And the power was still out.  So no coffee, no hot breakfast.  Just cold water and a cold hot cross bun.  Then the sound of the chain saw started up next door.  And this first image is why.  A tree blown over last night.

Actually the rain started about 10.30 yesterday morning.  That wasn’t so bad.  But towards the early evening, about 7 PM the winds started as the cyclone hit landfall.  It was rather hairy.  The trees were rocking a lot.  The trouble is that there was still a lot of leaves on the branches, so that when they got wet, the trees started getting top heavy.  At one point I heard a bang and the ground shook.  Now I know what that was – this tree falling.

I then went for a walk over in the park – there is a lot of cleaning up to do.

It was strange to wake up to clear blue skies and warm temperatures, with only a little wind after the fury last night.

So we are all ok.  Just a lot of cleaning up to do.  It was funny meeting all the neighbours in our pjs inspecting the damage though.

Thanks for all your concern.

Surprising Finds after Cyclone Debbie

 

Last week New Zealand got the tail end of Cyclone Debbie, after it had hit Queensland. The day after the rain stopped I went out to discover the damage.  I was surprised by the weather – perfect blue skies and no wind.  The water had started to recede quite a bit but there were pockets of water around which showed up some fantastic reflections.

We are now into autumn and the light was perfect.

Now New Zealand is bracing itself for another cyclone – Cook.  This time we have been told that it is a massive storm which you can read about here.  So far, where I live we are not too bad.

So to all the New Zealand bloggers – keep dry and safe.

 

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