Wild Weekend Weather

Four Seasons in one day

By Graeme Trask
20 September 2010

Well, we all know it’s that time of the year when the equinoctial storms force themselves upon us.

Last week was no exception, particularly Friday and Saturday.

The Met-service issued warning after warning, and even though some damage occurred in parts of the country, the Kāpiti coast area seems to have got off relatively light.

From reports and observations made it seems there was the odd tree broken, some fencing flattened and local candidates hoardings blown away instead of being vandalised.

Kāpiti Coast District Council’s Coastal asset manager, Matt Aitchison warned residents that 6 – 7 metre waves could present dangerous conditions on the beaches and residents were warned to approach the shore areas and seawalls with caution.

“Council’s operations and stormwater teams maintained a watch on seawalls and beaches on Friday night and Saturday when the highest waves combined with the tides created the greater risks.  Main risks were peak high tides but fortunately we were not in a period of high spring tides which would have further aggravated the situation,” Mr Aitchison said.

KIN contacted Council to ask if there had been any damage to seawalls or to any other areas.

Tony Cronin, Communications Specialist from KCDC said, “The higher waves predicted did not occur.  There was no damage.

Even around the estuaries, rivers and stream mouths where storm surges are possible saw relatively small surges, but it was enough for even the most seasoned whitebaiter to stay away.

Kāpiti Club patrons thought the windows were going to blow in at one stage.

Peter Fergus, a local who has lived on the coast all his life and was at the Kāpiti Club on Saturday said, “the wind was amazing, one moment there was hardly any wind and then it was the opposite, full on gale force with rain as well. You could see the large panes of glass flexing big time and I thought something is going to give way soon, but it never did.”

Dave Mclean from the Kāpiti Boating Club says the club keeps records of all wind activity.

“Our records showed the highest reading was on Saturday morning at 11-49am when the computer recorded wind at 125kph.This is by no means the highest recording we have recorded but the winds were certainly blowing very hard,” said Mr Mclean.

Did you take any photo’s of the storm?

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