Wind batters East Cape, cuts power

SEVERE wind up to 126kmh that battered the East Cape on Saturday night and into Sunday morning cut power to residents in the Lottin Point, Waikura Valley and Potaka areas.

The strongest gust of 126kmh was recorded at Hicks Bay between 6pm and 7pm Saturday night.

“People up there had a fairly rough night on Saturday and the wind was still gusting at more than 100kmh between 5am and 6am yesterday,” a GDC emergency management spokesman said.

Eastland Network general manager Brent Stewart said repair crews were still working through a range of issues today.

“Health and safety considerations for our staff in those extreme wind conditions, with rain as well, made reinstatement work difficult initially.

“We installed a generator at the State Highway 2-Waikura Valley corner yesterday morning, and that has been supplying electricity to the 90 or so connections affected,” Mr Stewart said.

“We expect to have repair work completed in the next couple of days but meantime everyone has electricity.”

The GDC spokesman said heavy rain associated with the south-easterly weather system did not eventuate.

More than 100mm had been possible, according to the MetService.

“The rain never really came to much in most places,” he said.

The heaviest falls recorded from 12am Saturday through to 7am yesterday morning were Ruatoria 49mm, Te Araroa 44mm, East Cape 40mm, Hikuwai 35mm, Poroporo 33.5mm and Puketoro 26.5mm.”

Gisborne city received about 10mm, The Flats about the same, with 23mm at Pakarae, Arowhana 20mm, Matawai, Ngatapa and Waerenga-o-Kuri 6mm, Waipaoa and Mangapoike 15 to 17mm, Tatapouri 12mm and Wharekopae 8mm.

SEVERE wind up to 126kmh that battered the East Cape on Saturday night and into Sunday morning cut power to residents in the Lottin Point, Waikura Valley and Potaka areas.

The strongest gust of 126kmh was recorded at Hicks Bay between 6pm and 7pm Saturday night.

“People up there had a fairly rough night on Saturday and the wind was still gusting at more than 100kmh between 5am and 6am yesterday,” a GDC emergency management spokesman said.

Eastland Network general manager Brent Stewart said repair crews were still working through a range of issues today.

“Health and safety considerations for our staff in those extreme wind conditions, with rain as well, made reinstatement work difficult initially.

“We installed a generator at the State Highway 2-Waikura Valley corner yesterday morning, and that has been supplying electricity to the 90 or so connections affected,” Mr Stewart said.

“We expect to have repair work completed in the next couple of days but meantime everyone has electricity.”

The GDC spokesman said heavy rain associated with the south-easterly weather system did not eventuate.

More than 100mm had been possible, according to the MetService.

“The rain never really came to much in most places,” he said.

The heaviest falls recorded from 12am Saturday through to 7am yesterday morning were Ruatoria 49mm, Te Araroa 44mm, East Cape 40mm, Hikuwai 35mm, Poroporo 33.5mm and Puketoro 26.5mm.”

Gisborne city received about 10mm, The Flats about the same, with 23mm at Pakarae, Arowhana 20mm, Matawai, Ngatapa and Waerenga-o-Kuri 6mm, Waipaoa and Mangapoike 15 to 17mm, Tatapouri 12mm and Wharekopae 8mm.

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