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ModerateApril 1989 Wellington Storm ( 1989-04-11 )

High winds caused power cuts and property damage.

Wellington

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Wellington
Comments:

CommentA storm hit Wellington on the 11th of April.

CauseA depression was heading north-east from the south-east of the South Island.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

Peak Wind SpeedWind was gusting up to 111 km/hr and wind speed averaged about 55-65 km/hr.

Maritime / CoastalMaritime / Coastal
Comments:

Peak Water LevelWaves in Cook Strait were up to 7 and 8 m high.

ImpactArhura ferry rolled 41 degrees when it was hit by a wave. Passengers were thrown against walls and cars shunted into each other. Some passengers received minor injuries.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain
Comments:

CommentRain accompanied the wind.

FloodingFlooding at Hutt Valley
Map Location: -41.162848 174.974804
Comments:

Affected LifelineSome parts of the roads were covered knee deep in water.

LandslideLandslide
Comments:

Affected LifelineNumerous roads were due to slips.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

Peak Wind Speed70 knot (130 km/hr) winds whipped waves onto the road way.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Petone
Map Location: -41.23076 174.871845
Comments:

Affected LifelineThere was a power cut in some places in Petone as lines were blown about.

FloodingFlooding at Ruamahanga River
Map Location: -41.102055 175.509442
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicRuamahanga River rose 1 m at Mount Bruce.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Waingawa
Map Location: -40.96598 175.58748
Comments:

Peak Wind SpeedWaingawa recorded 100 km/hr wind speeds.

FloodingFlooding at Waiohine River
Map Location: -40.968689 175.383781
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWaiohine River rose 1.4 m.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Wairarapa
Map Location: -41.207855 175.248076
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWairarapa received 45 mm (4.5 cm) of rain in five hours on the 11th.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

DamageHigh wind speeds downed trees.

Affected LifelinePower lines were down.

Affected LifelineTelecommunication links were downed by high winds.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Wellington city
Map Location: -41.288771 174.777069
Comments:

Property DamageA whole roof was blown off a house.

References

Meteorological Society of New Zealand (Inc.) Newsletter 37, June 1989
Saunders, W.(2000) Planning and Resources, Hazard and Emergency Management Section, WAIRARAPA DIVISION, Wairarapa Storm Events 1880 - 1998, Technical Report No. 00/17
Headline: Storm hurls car into sea.
The Evening Post, 12 April 1989.
Headline: Roof lifted in blinking of an eye.
The Evening Post, April 12 1989.
Headline: Wave rolls arahura 40 degrees in wild Strait.
The Evening Post, April 12 1989.
Headline: White Rabbit plays host in storm.
The Evening Post, April 12 1989.

ModerateApril 1989 Wellington Storm ( 1989-04-11 )

High winds caused power cuts and property damage.

Wellington

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Wellington
Comments:

CommentA storm hit Wellington on the 11th of April.

CauseA depression was heading north-east from the south-east of the South Island.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

Peak Wind SpeedWind was gusting up to 111 km/hr and wind speed averaged about 55-65 km/hr.

Maritime / CoastalMaritime / Coastal
Comments:

Peak Water LevelWaves in Cook Strait were up to 7 and 8 m high.

ImpactArhura ferry rolled 41 degrees when it was hit by a wave. Passengers were thrown against walls and cars shunted into each other. Some passengers received minor injuries.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain
Comments:

CommentRain accompanied the wind.

FloodingFlooding at Hutt Valley
Map Location: -41.162848 174.974804
Comments:

Affected LifelineSome parts of the roads were covered knee deep in water.

LandslideLandslide
Comments:

Affected LifelineNumerous roads were due to slips.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

Peak Wind Speed70 knot (130 km/hr) winds whipped waves onto the road way.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Petone
Map Location: -41.23076 174.871845
Comments:

Affected LifelineThere was a power cut in some places in Petone as lines were blown about.

FloodingFlooding at Ruamahanga River
Map Location: -41.102055 175.509442
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicRuamahanga River rose 1 m at Mount Bruce.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Waingawa
Map Location: -40.96598 175.58748
Comments:

Peak Wind SpeedWaingawa recorded 100 km/hr wind speeds.

FloodingFlooding at Waiohine River
Map Location: -40.968689 175.383781
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWaiohine River rose 1.4 m.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Wairarapa
Map Location: -41.207855 175.248076
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWairarapa received 45 mm (4.5 cm) of rain in five hours on the 11th.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

DamageHigh wind speeds downed trees.

Affected LifelinePower lines were down.

Affected LifelineTelecommunication links were downed by high winds.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Wellington city
Map Location: -41.288771 174.777069
Comments:

Property DamageA whole roof was blown off a house.

References

Meteorological Society of New Zealand (Inc.) Newsletter 37, June 1989
Saunders, W.(2000) Planning and Resources, Hazard and Emergency Management Section, WAIRARAPA DIVISION, Wairarapa Storm Events 1880 - 1998, Technical Report No. 00/17
Headline: Storm hurls car into sea.
The Evening Post, 12 April 1989.
Headline: Roof lifted in blinking of an eye.
The Evening Post, April 12 1989.
Headline: Wave rolls arahura 40 degrees in wild Strait.
The Evening Post, April 12 1989.
Headline: White Rabbit plays host in storm.
The Evening Post, April 12 1989.