Region escapes big wet
Manawatu dodged a bullet weather-wise on the weekend, though one clap of thunder was said to have sounded like a gunshot.
A weather bomb caused havoc north and south of the region with a landslide closing road access to Milford Sound and heavy rain on the South Island's West Coast.
In the Waikato, power was cut to several thousand homes, while trees were uprooted in Auckland.
Palmerston North and Manawatu got away with a soaking, though in the Rangitikei district power was cut for several hours in and around Taihape.
A Horizons Regional Council gauge at Milson recorded about 31 millimetres of rain in just over 24 hours from 6am Saturday.
In the same period at the Upper Mangahao recording site in the Tararua Ranges, 59mm of rain was reported.
The MetService reported winds gusting up to 75kmh at Palmerston North Airport.
An ominous-sounding thunder clap at about noon on Saturday drew comment online.
Several Palmerston North users of Twitter mentioned the noise, with one referring to it as sounding like a gunshot and another calling it "loud and scary".
Club cricket was washed out, as was the first night of the Speedway season, but events such as the Manawatu Harvest Festival and the inaugural Oktoberfest in Regent Arcade went ahead.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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