Trampolines are blowing around Wellington, and Civil Defence is hopping mad
Civil Defence is getting annoyed with people for not tying down their trampolines during the storm.
Winds of 140kmh have been recorded at Wellington's Mt Kaukau on Wednesday, while out in the Cook Strait, one gust hit 167kmh.
Niwa Weather said the sustained wind speed at Baring Head – on the North Island's Cook Strait coast – was 125kmh at 8am. That was the highest speed measured at that point since 2004, and typical of a category 3 tropical cyclone.
Predictably, in the conditions, trampolines have been taking off – and Wellington Regional Civil Defence Controller Bruce Pepperell is hopping mad.
"It can't be too hard for most Wellington parents or caregivers to grab a bit of rope and tie it to the trampoline in the backyard and then tie the other end to something strong and weighty," he said.
Pepperell stormed on, in a press release threatening to reach the intensity of a category 3 tropical cyclone: "We live in Wellington. It gets very windy at times – like today. I'm sick of seeing pictures of trampolines today where they've obviously not been secured, and so they've taken off like Mary Poppins.
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"It'd be funny if it wasn't so dangerous and disruptive. We've got one trampoline wrapped round a power pole in Seatoun, another that's taken flight in Churton Park, and another that's obviously taken off from a backyard somewhere in or around Link Road in Newlands.
"That trampoline has damaged a vehicle in the street and brought down some power lines.
"From social media we can tell that the owner of the vehicle in Link Road is pretty annoyed about the damage – and the locals won't appreciate having the power turned off while the damaged wires are repaired."
As photos supplied by readers in Taranaki on Thursday show, his advice applies equally nationwide.