Wild winds brings down tree on Seatoun family home

High winds caused a tree to snap above a Marine Parade house, sending it crashing through the back of the rented property.
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High winds caused a tree to snap above a Marine Parade house, sending it crashing through the back of the rented property.

While most of Wellington came away relatively unscathed from Thursday morning's storm, a Seatoun family were not so lucky. 

High winds caused a tree to snap above their house on Marine Parade, sending it crashing through the back of the rented property.

Andy Taylor told NZME the large the tree had only narrowly missed the bedroom his 7-year-old son was in.

The occupant of the house says the tree only narrowly missed the bedroom his 7-year-old son was in.
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The occupant of the house says the tree only narrowly missed the bedroom his 7-year-old son was in.

Fortunately, he said, his daughter and wife Claire were in another room at the time.

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Taylor said the fire service told him the house couldn't be lived in until it had been assessed as structurally sound.

The tree above Marine Parade proved no match for the force of the wild winds along the coast.
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The tree above Marine Parade proved no match for the force of the wild winds along the coast.

Communications shift commander Murray Dunbar confirmed it had dealt with the callout, sending one crew to ensure the property was made safe.

He was unaware of any further callouts to the street.

However, there were still several other trees on the hillside, creaking audibly as wind continued to lash at the exposed area.

Despite that, a police spokeswoman said there were currently no plans to evacuate residents along Marine Parade.

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