Wild weather takes its toll
"Bloody Mother Nature ... she's pretty windy"JAMES GREENLAND
A Nelson woman is feeling frustrated, but stoked she wasn't squashed, after stormy winds sent a heavy tree crashing onto the top of her car.
"Bloody Mother Nature," is all that Jo Flemming, of Orsman Cresent, Toi Toi, can say after a strong gust of wind toppled a "solid" manuka tree onto the roof of her Nissan Maxima, smashing the back windscreen and denting panels.
"She's pretty windy alright," Mrs Flemming said about the storm, which swept into Nelson yesterday afternoon sending almost all people except emergency service workers inside.
"It's lucky no one was in it," Mrs Flemming said about her damaged car.
"I had just got the groceries out of the boot before the tree came down on the roof.
"I wouldn't want my husband coming home and finding me squashed in the driveway.
"But we can laugh, it could have been worse. At least no one is hurt" she said.
"Now I might have a convertible for Christmas," Mrs Flemming joked, despite being a bit miffed about the $400 excess she will have to pay to fix the damage.
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She said she won't miss the manuka tree, because it was getting too tall and threatening power lines and needed to be cut down anyway.
The fire brigade appeared like heros about five minutes after she called them, and, using their chainsaws, cleared the tree off the car and out of her driveway, Mrs Flemming said.
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