Still 800 homes without electricity

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

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