Still 800 homes without electricity

03:03, Jun 23 2013
Central Wellington
An overturned parking ticket machine shelter on Victoria St in central Wellington.
Central Wellington
Torrential rain affects Wellington commuters as they head home.
Pharazyn St, Lower Hutt
Firefighters tend to a tree down in Pharazyn St, Lower Hutt.
Victoria St
Trees broken by the storm on Victoria St in central Wellington.
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Damage to a parking ticket machine shelter on Victoria St.
Boulcott St
A tree which blew over at the back of a student accommodation building on Boulcott St, narrowly missing a car.
Boulcott St 2
A tree which blew over at the back of a student accommodation building on Boulcott St, narrowly missing a car.
Countdown
Damage to Countdown in Johnsonville.
 Middleton Rd, Churton Park
A ute lies smashed by a falling tree.
A tree lies fallen across Fox St at the intersection with Awarua Rd, Ngaio.
A tree lies fallen across Fox St at the intersection with Awarua Rd, Ngaio.
Wellington storm
The storm-ravaged Esplanade on Wellington's south coast.
Wellington storm
South coast resident Karen Brodie with a fish she found washed up on the Esplanade.
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Damage to Wellington south coast's Esplanade.
Wellington esplanade
Storm damage to the Esplanade on Wellington's south coast.
Wellington storm
A Z Mana service station employee with his store's blown-in window this morning.
Wellington storm
Waves crash at the coast at Plimmerton.
Raumati South Memorial Hall
Debris from a ripped-off roof litters the grounds of the Raumati South Memorial Hall.
Raumati South Memorial Hall
A parking booth toppled over at Wellington Stadium.
Raumati South Memorial Hall
Both of Hannah Moore's family's trampolines took a tumble during the storm.
Raumati South Memorial Hall
A shredded sail of a yacht at Mana Marina.
Wellington storm
A toppled tree disturbs a grave at Karori Cemetery.
Wellington storm
A large fallen tree blocks a residential street in Whitby.
Wellington storm
Jeffrey Haina took these photos of a powerline "arcing" out his window in Wellington.
Wellington storm
A falling tree took out a power pole and lines, blocking Warwick St in the Wellington suburb of Wilton.
Wellington storm
Noel Henderson and his dog at the Esplanade on Wellington's south coast.
Wellington storm
Storm damage by the coast at Island Bay.
Wellington storm
Glen Scanlon sent in this photo of his backyard in Hataitai.
Wellington storm
Trees down in Whitby.
Wellington storm
Damage to the Warehouse in Lyall Bay.
Wellington storm
David Morgan sent in this photo of damaged train tracks on the Hutt Valley line.
Wellington storm
A damaged sign in central Wellington.
Wellington storm
A greenhouse in Brooklyn that didn't survive the night.
Wellington storm
A crushed Breaker Bay boatshed.
Wellington storm
A fallen tree on Ellice Street, which thankfully fell between two cars.
Wellington storm
Damage to train tracks near Horokiwi.
Wellington storm
Council workers deal with a fallen tree on Rangiora Ave.
Wellington storm
Inspectors check train tracks near Horokiwi.
Wellington storm
Nicholas Down, who lost his roof in Stokes Valley.
Wellington storm
Storm damage at the Wellington Indoor Sports Centre in Newtown.
Wellington storm
Storm damage in Island Bay.
Wellington storm
The damaged carpark at Ekim Burgers in Lyall Bay.
Wellington storm
A fallen tree in Aro Park.
Wellington storm
Storm damage on Myrtle Crescent.
Wellington storm
Storm debris on Owhiro Bay.
Wellington storm
Storm debris on Owhiro Bay.
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An unlucky car on Mount Victoria.
Wellington storm
The cleanup begins on Breaker Bay.
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A separated door on Breaker Bay.
Wellington storm
Storm damage in Belmont.
Wellington storm
Callum Norrie of Breaker Bay inspects the debris.
Wellington storm
Debris on Owhiro Bay.
Wellington storm
A fish that made it all the way across the road on Owhiro Bay.
Wellington storm
Damage to a bus in Southgate.
Wellington storm
Storm damage in Southgate.
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Severe damage in Lower Hutt.
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A huge Eucalyptus tree in Khandallah Park.
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Debris on Days Bay.
Wellington storm
Damage at Jim and Philippa Reid's Seatoun house.
Wellington storm
A tug boats attempts to tow the Interislander.
Wellington storm
Debris on Petone Beach near the Settlers Museum. Waves went over the wall between the beach and the street.
Wellington storm
A yacht that couldn't stand the wind.
Wellington storm
Sea water made it into Reece Kohatu's Lyall Bay property.
Wellington storm
Storm damage in Korokoro.
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Storm damage in Petone.
Wellington storm
Storm debris in Petone.
Wellington storm
Trees ripped out of the ground in Petone.
Wellington storm
Reece Kohatu looks at the damage done by the waves at his Queens Drive Lyall Bay property.
Wellington storm
A fell tree on Maungaraki Road.
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Lowry Bay, overtaken with waves.
Wellington storm
Seawater hits Eastbourne's Lowry Bay as high tide approaches.
Boats
A boat from Porirua Harbour strikes boat sheds.
Days Bay bach
A seaside Days Bay bach gets pummeled by the sea.
Korokoro
Two massive trees block road access down from Korokoro.
Interisland ferry
The Interislander ferry at anchor in Wellington harbour after its moorings broke in the night.
Kelson
Roofs and trees litter the streets of Kelson, Lower Hutt.
Wellington storm
Residents putting a tarpaulin over a storm-damaged home at Queens Drive, Lyall Bay.
Wellington storm
Contractors start to remove a large tree from an Owhiro Rd home.
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A man picks his way through debris washed up along Port Rd in Seaview.

At least 800 homes are still without power in Wellington today, as the weather clears after ferocious storms over the last three days.

Wellington Electricity spokesman Drew Douglas said 600 homes in Wellington City, 55 in Upper Hutt, 65 in Hutt City and 80 in Porirua remained cut off.

A big push would be mounted to reconnect them today, Mr Douglas said.

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"Some customers in more remote rural areas may not be restored until later next week,'' he said.

On Thursday night and Friday morning more than 30,000 homes were cut off as storm winds brought down power lines and trees across the region.

Mr Douglas said there were now pockets of streets which were not reconnected. 

"There are a heck of a lot of small areas, where a tree's taken out a suburban street or something [left],'' he said.

During the clean-up, teams had been prioritised to deal with major outages first.

"If a substation's out, you fix it [first],'' he said. "If a high-voltage line goes out and you can get thousands of people back on, you fix it.''

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

The capital’s transport network is on the way to return to normal for commuters tomorrow.

Bus services across the capital are expected to run as timetabled. Most bus routes are running today, but buses to Eastbourne run only as far as Hutt Park.

KiwiRail trains on the Johnsonville and Kapiti Coast lines are on normal Sunday timetables today and will run as scheduled tomorrow.

There will be delays on the Hutt Valley line, which had a section of track washed out by the storm waves on Thursday night.

Services on the Wairarapa line will also be delayed and there may be bus replacement services.

The Interislander ferry Kaitaki suffered damage to the roof of its atrium area during the storm and will be out of action for at least two days.

Spokeswoman Sophie Lee said the roof would be assessed this afternoon.

‘‘We need to put scaffholding up on it to have a look at what needs to be done,’’ she said. ‘‘The Kaitaki will be out for today and tomorrow, when we’ll reassess it.’’

The ferry broke free of its moorings on Thursday night and had to anchor in the harbour to ride out the storm, assisted by tugboats.

The other Interislander ferries, Aratere and Arahura, will make three round trips today and tomorrow.

More comprehensive details on transport for Monday will be released later this afternoon.

The Dominion Post ferry between Queen's Wharf and Days Bay is sailing again for the first time since Thursday night. Passengers have to take care at Days Bay as there is storm damage at the start of the wharf.

THE WEEK AHEAD

Next week should be much calmer, bringing welcome respite for battered communities across the Wellington region.

A weatherwatch.co.nz forecast predicted a dry and sunny week for the capital, as a south-westerly flow runs over the country.

It could bring some showers to Wellington on Friday, head weather analyst Philip Duncan said, but otherwise conditions will be much improved compared to the end of last week.

A low sitting in the Tasman Sea could track onto the northern North Island towards the end of the week but its path was unclear as yet, he said. It appeared to be too far north to cause problems in New Zealand.

The rest of the country can expect showers and messy, unsettled weather throughout the week, with most rain hitting the south and west.

However, compared to the ferocity of the Thursday and Friday storm, the overall picture is much calmer, he said.

The Dominion Post