February 17th, 2004

ian

More like an English winter than a Kiwi summer

Despite my best efforts, I couldn't get to work yesterday. No trains, the subway to the platform flooded anyway, lakes where there used to be roads, gentle streams transformed into raging torrents. We kept power all the time, though lots of the Hutt Valley didn't. We are all safe and setting about our normal business today. The trains are running, pretty much everything back to normal. Estimates of the total cost of repair around $50m or US$35m.

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ian

Differences between yesterday and a tropical cyclone

Some shops stayed open. You could drive locally. Power, water, radio and TV stayed on. Less wind. Water didn't enter the house. Some flights still came and went. People talked about other things. The next day was cloudy. Not many roads blocked by trees.

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