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ModerateOctober 2007 Lower North Island and South Island Storm ( 2007-10-07 )

Lower North Island and the South Island were hit with high winds and heavy rain causing flooding.

New Zealand

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at New Zealand
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain and thunderstorms hit central areas of New Zealand, along with northwesterly gales, from the 7th to the 9th of October.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentMany rivers were at high flood levels.

North Island

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at North Island
Comments:

CauseThe frontal system became slow moving over the North Island through to the 8th.

CauseOn the 9th, a low formed in northern Tasman Sea, pushing moist air back down onto North Island in a northerly flow. The low then moved to west of central New Zealand, where it remained until the 12th and then it moved away to the south-east.

Hawke's Bay

HailHail at Takapau Plains
Map Location: -40.02418 176.34425
Comments:

CommentHail was reported on the Takapau Plains on the 11th.

Manawatu-Wanganui

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Manawatu-Wanganui
Comments:

CommentHorowhenua and Manawatu had torrential rain on the 7th.

Wellington

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Wellington
Comments:

DamageGales caused some damage about Wellington and Wairarapa during the day on the 7th.

Peak Wind SpeedGusts of up to 150 km/hr whipped Beacon Hill and the top of the Rimutakas on the 7th.

Affected LifelinePolice advised extreme caution to motorists.

Affected LifelineThe Fire Service attended more than 12 jobs involving trees blown onto roads in the Wairarapa.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Lower Hutt
Map Location: -41.216677 174.934068
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicLower Hutt recorded 150 mm (15.0 cm) of rain in six hours to 11am on the 8th.

Physical CharacteristicThe rainfall at Lower Hutt peaked at 33 mm (3.30 cm) of rain an hour.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

Affected LifelineParts of Block Road, between State Highway 2 and Pharazyn Street, were closed.

CommentHutt River was in flood.

ImpactThere was surface flooding in the Hutt Valley on the 7th.

ImpactA man's kayak got stuck under logs on the flooded Hutt River before he was thrown out on the 11th. He scrambled ashore and was rescued on the morning of the 12th.

CommentPolice scrambled to get people to move their cars from carparks and roads when Hutt River flooded on the 8th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Tararua Range
Map Location: -40.903116 175.33038
Comments:

ImpactHeavy rain on the 7th about the Tararuas pushed rivers to flood levels.

FloodingFlooding at Upper Hutt
Map Location: -41.139372 175.055716
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicOn State Highway 2 between Upper Hutt and Petone, water on the road reached up to 30 cm deep.

LightningLightning at Wellington City
Map Location: -41.28855 174.776764
Comments:

CommentA fierce thunder and lightning storm lashed Wellington at 7pm on the 7th. There was no damage reported.

South Island

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at South Island
Duration:   5  days - From the 7th to the 11th of October.
Comments:

CauseA frontal system approached the South Island from the west in early hours of the 7th, rapidly increasing the northwesterly flow preceding it.

CommentCloud cover and an onshore flow supressed maximum temperatures in the northeast of the South Island.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain
Comments:

CommentThere was heavy rain about and on the west of the mountains in northern South Island the rivers were pushed to flood levels.

CommentMetService issued a Heavy Rain Warning to Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury on the 10th.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

ImpactMotorists were warned to be wary of flooding in alpine areas on the 8th.

LandslideLandslide
Comments:

Affected LifelineRock falls were reported on some roads.

Marlborough

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Marlborough
Comments:

DamageGales caused some damage about Marlborough on the day of the 7th.

LandslideLandslide
Comments:

CommentPersistent rain caused widespread slips across north Marlborough.

Affected LifelineThere were numerous slips on roads in Marlborough sounds, including the Mahakipawa Hill on the Queen Charlotte, Port Underwood Road and Croisilles-French Pass Road. All roads were open but restricted to one lane in some areas.

DamageA "drop-out" on Northbank Road, where part of the road had subsided, took a significant amount of work to fix.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Awatere River
Map Location: -41.672521 173.995712
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicAwatere recorded 7.5 mm (0.75 cm) of rain in eight hours to 8am on the 11th.

Physical CharacteristicAwatere River received 39 mm (3.90 cm) of rain in 24 hours on the 10th.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Blenheim
Map Location: -41.517124 173.949021
Comments:

CommentIn Blenheim the maximum temperature was 11 degrees Celcius on the 10th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicBlenheim recorded 43 mm (4.3 cm) of rain in 24 hours on the 10th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Grovetown
Map Location: -41.48226 173.97247
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicGrovetown recorded 8.5 mm (0.85 cm) of rain in eight hours to 8am on the 11th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Onamalutu
Map Location: -41.45833 173.69978
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicOnamalutu recorded 12.5 mm (1.25 cm) of rain in eight hours to 8am on the 11th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Spring Creek
Map Location: -41.45981 173.96435
Comments:

CommentThe downpour at Spring Creek eased overnight on the 10th.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard
Comments:

Affected LifelineOn the morning of the 11th, at Spring Creek, Gouland Road was entirely blocked by a fallen tree at the intersection with Frederick Street.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Tunakino River
Map Location: -41.180614 173.644989
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicTunakino recorded 106 mm (10.6 cm) of rain on the 12th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Waihopai River
Map Location: -41.702753 173.490321
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWaihopai recorded 36.5 mm (3.65 cm) of rain in 24 hours on the 10th.

Physical CharacteristicWaihopai recorded 5.5 mm (0.55 cm) of rain in eight hours to 8am on the 11th.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

Affected LifelineApproaches to several bridges on the Waihopai Valley Road were washed out on the 6th and 7th, trapping a motorist.

FogFog at Woodbourne
Map Location: -41.509671 173.865652
Comments:

Affected LifelineLow cloud stopped a flight from landing at Blenheim Airport before 9am on the 10th. Cloud was starting to lift just before 10am.

West Coast

FloodingFlooding at West Coast
Comments:

CommentRiver levels on the 7th, were swollen by days of heavy rain.

FloodingFlooding at Buller River
Map Location: -41.83432 171.68813
Comments:

CommentPolice received reports that the Buller River was rising rapidly.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Westport
Map Location: -41.750212 171.582563
Comments:

ImpactFire Service were called out for lifted roofs in Westport.

Canterbury

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Canterbury
Comments:

DamageGales caused some damage in Canterbury overnight of the 7th and in the early morning.

Peak Wind SpeedStorm-force north-westerly winds gusted up to 148 km/hr.

Affected LifelineWinds caused chaos across Canterbury before dawn on the 7th, cutting power to thousands of homes, lifting roofs and toppled irrigators. Winds eased off in most parts of Canterbury through the day, although Kaikoura took a pounding on 7th afternoon.

ImpactFire Service were called out for lifted roofs in Lincoln and Oxford.

Affected LifelineOrion New Zealand received arounf 50 call-outs to power cuts across the region. Most were caused by trees being blown across power lines. Most of the outages lasted approximately 2 hours and the main areas affected were Darfield, Annat and Brookside, with 2000 customers losing power. The first calls were received 3:46am.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Banks Peninsula
Map Location: -43.73644 173.024672
Comments:

ImpactBanks Peninsula appeared to be hardest hit by the windstorm, which came after several days of blustery conditions.

DamageA Le Bons Bay man lost quarter of his roof and an entire shed that was under construction in winds at 8:00am on the 7th.

CommentOne man's description of wind was that "It was an unusual wind, like mini tornadoes. Instead of blowing past, it was more like it was blowing up - a sucking wind". They were the worst winds he' experienced in the seven years he'd lived in the area.

Physical CharacteristicLe Bons Bay bore the worst fo the winds between 7:00am and 8:00am, with a mean speed of 104 km/hr.

Peak Wind SpeedThe peak gusts at Le Bons Bay was 148 km/hr.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Burke's Pass
Map Location: -44.089883 170.655807
Comments:

ImpactWinds sent a campervan off the road near Burke Pass.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Christchurch
Map Location: -43.53112 172.636147
Comments:

Peak Wind SpeedIn Christchurch, the strongest gusts of 94 km/hr were recorded between 5:00am and 6:00am on the 7th.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Kaikoura
Map Location: -42.402255 173.685685
Comments:

CommentIn Kaikoura, the maximum temperature was 11 degrees Celcius on the 10th.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Mackenzie Country
Comments:

CommentStrong winds rocked the Mackenzie Country on the 7th.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Mount Cook
Map Location: -43.734653 170.103918
Comments:

Peak Wind SpeedWind gusts of up to 160 km/hr were recorded around Mt Cook on the 7th.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Rolleston
Map Location: -43.597954 172.374428
Comments:

Affected LifelineOne power cut near Rolleston was caused by a shed being blown through power lines.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Southern Alps
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicAbout one metre (100 cm) of rain had fallen on Southern Alps over the last week.

FloodingFlooding at Waiau
Map Location: -42.6518 173.046278
Comments:

CommentThere was a flood in the Waiau River and it overflowed on the 8th after days of rainfall.

EvacueesThe Waiau township had to be temporarily evacuated.

Otago

Snow / IceSnow / Ice at Crown Range
Map Location: -44.94506 168.91875
Comments:

CommentHeavy snow blanketed the Crown Range on the 7th.

LandslideLandslide at Queenstown Lakes District
Map Location: -45.041441 168.645105
Comments:

Affected LifelineRain caused slips near Glenorchy and on the Devil's Staircase road.

Affected LifelineA rockfall blocked one lane of the main road between Queenstown and Glenorchy for two hours on the morning of the 7th.

Southland

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Fiordland
Comments:

Affected LifelineState Highway 94 was closed between Te Anau and Milford early on the 8th due to an avalanche hazard.

References

Meteorological Society of New Zealand (Inc.), Newsletter 111, December 2007.
Headline: Missing kayaker found after night out.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 12 October 2007.
Headline: Flood warning for upper North Island, landslips likely.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 9 October 2007.
Headline: Police warn motorists as floodwaters close roads.
www.nzherald.co.nz, Source: NZPA, 8 October 2007.
Headline: Huge nor'westerly gusts cause havoc.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: The Press, 8 October 2007.
Headline: Wild nor-westers 'just a taste of things to come'.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Dominion Post, 8 October 2007.
Headline: Bad weather stops planes and causes slips.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: The Press, 11 October 2007.

ModerateOctober 2007 Lower North Island and South Island Storm ( 2007-10-07 )

Lower North Island and the South Island were hit with high winds and heavy rain causing flooding.

New Zealand

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at New Zealand
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain and thunderstorms hit central areas of New Zealand, along with northwesterly gales, from the 7th to the 9th of October.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentMany rivers were at high flood levels.

North Island

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at North Island
Comments:

CauseThe frontal system became slow moving over the North Island through to the 8th.

CauseOn the 9th, a low formed in northern Tasman Sea, pushing moist air back down onto North Island in a northerly flow. The low then moved to west of central New Zealand, where it remained until the 12th and then it moved away to the south-east.

Hawke's Bay

HailHail at Takapau Plains
Map Location: -40.02418 176.34425
Comments:

CommentHail was reported on the Takapau Plains on the 11th.

Manawatu-Wanganui

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Manawatu-Wanganui
Comments:

CommentHorowhenua and Manawatu had torrential rain on the 7th.

Wellington

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Wellington
Comments:

DamageGales caused some damage about Wellington and Wairarapa during the day on the 7th.

Peak Wind SpeedGusts of up to 150 km/hr whipped Beacon Hill and the top of the Rimutakas on the 7th.

Affected LifelinePolice advised extreme caution to motorists.

Affected LifelineThe Fire Service attended more than 12 jobs involving trees blown onto roads in the Wairarapa.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Lower Hutt
Map Location: -41.216677 174.934068
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicLower Hutt recorded 150 mm (15.0 cm) of rain in six hours to 11am on the 8th.

Physical CharacteristicThe rainfall at Lower Hutt peaked at 33 mm (3.30 cm) of rain an hour.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

Affected LifelineParts of Block Road, between State Highway 2 and Pharazyn Street, were closed.

CommentHutt River was in flood.

ImpactThere was surface flooding in the Hutt Valley on the 7th.

ImpactA man's kayak got stuck under logs on the flooded Hutt River before he was thrown out on the 11th. He scrambled ashore and was rescued on the morning of the 12th.

CommentPolice scrambled to get people to move their cars from carparks and roads when Hutt River flooded on the 8th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Tararua Range
Map Location: -40.903116 175.33038
Comments:

ImpactHeavy rain on the 7th about the Tararuas pushed rivers to flood levels.

FloodingFlooding at Upper Hutt
Map Location: -41.139372 175.055716
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicOn State Highway 2 between Upper Hutt and Petone, water on the road reached up to 30 cm deep.

LightningLightning at Wellington City
Map Location: -41.28855 174.776764
Comments:

CommentA fierce thunder and lightning storm lashed Wellington at 7pm on the 7th. There was no damage reported.

South Island

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at South Island
Duration:   5  days - From the 7th to the 11th of October.
Comments:

CauseA frontal system approached the South Island from the west in early hours of the 7th, rapidly increasing the northwesterly flow preceding it.

CommentCloud cover and an onshore flow supressed maximum temperatures in the northeast of the South Island.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain
Comments:

CommentThere was heavy rain about and on the west of the mountains in northern South Island the rivers were pushed to flood levels.

CommentMetService issued a Heavy Rain Warning to Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury on the 10th.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

ImpactMotorists were warned to be wary of flooding in alpine areas on the 8th.

LandslideLandslide
Comments:

Affected LifelineRock falls were reported on some roads.

Marlborough

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Marlborough
Comments:

DamageGales caused some damage about Marlborough on the day of the 7th.

LandslideLandslide
Comments:

CommentPersistent rain caused widespread slips across north Marlborough.

Affected LifelineThere were numerous slips on roads in Marlborough sounds, including the Mahakipawa Hill on the Queen Charlotte, Port Underwood Road and Croisilles-French Pass Road. All roads were open but restricted to one lane in some areas.

DamageA "drop-out" on Northbank Road, where part of the road had subsided, took a significant amount of work to fix.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Awatere River
Map Location: -41.672521 173.995712
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicAwatere recorded 7.5 mm (0.75 cm) of rain in eight hours to 8am on the 11th.

Physical CharacteristicAwatere River received 39 mm (3.90 cm) of rain in 24 hours on the 10th.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Blenheim
Map Location: -41.517124 173.949021
Comments:

CommentIn Blenheim the maximum temperature was 11 degrees Celcius on the 10th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicBlenheim recorded 43 mm (4.3 cm) of rain in 24 hours on the 10th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Grovetown
Map Location: -41.48226 173.97247
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicGrovetown recorded 8.5 mm (0.85 cm) of rain in eight hours to 8am on the 11th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Onamalutu
Map Location: -41.45833 173.69978
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicOnamalutu recorded 12.5 mm (1.25 cm) of rain in eight hours to 8am on the 11th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Spring Creek
Map Location: -41.45981 173.96435
Comments:

CommentThe downpour at Spring Creek eased overnight on the 10th.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard
Comments:

Affected LifelineOn the morning of the 11th, at Spring Creek, Gouland Road was entirely blocked by a fallen tree at the intersection with Frederick Street.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Tunakino River
Map Location: -41.180614 173.644989
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicTunakino recorded 106 mm (10.6 cm) of rain on the 12th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Waihopai River
Map Location: -41.702753 173.490321
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWaihopai recorded 36.5 mm (3.65 cm) of rain in 24 hours on the 10th.

Physical CharacteristicWaihopai recorded 5.5 mm (0.55 cm) of rain in eight hours to 8am on the 11th.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

Affected LifelineApproaches to several bridges on the Waihopai Valley Road were washed out on the 6th and 7th, trapping a motorist.

FogFog at Woodbourne
Map Location: -41.509671 173.865652
Comments:

Affected LifelineLow cloud stopped a flight from landing at Blenheim Airport before 9am on the 10th. Cloud was starting to lift just before 10am.

West Coast

FloodingFlooding at West Coast
Comments:

CommentRiver levels on the 7th, were swollen by days of heavy rain.

FloodingFlooding at Buller River
Map Location: -41.83432 171.68813
Comments:

CommentPolice received reports that the Buller River was rising rapidly.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Westport
Map Location: -41.750212 171.582563
Comments:

ImpactFire Service were called out for lifted roofs in Westport.

Canterbury

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Canterbury
Comments:

DamageGales caused some damage in Canterbury overnight of the 7th and in the early morning.

Peak Wind SpeedStorm-force north-westerly winds gusted up to 148 km/hr.

Affected LifelineWinds caused chaos across Canterbury before dawn on the 7th, cutting power to thousands of homes, lifting roofs and toppled irrigators. Winds eased off in most parts of Canterbury through the day, although Kaikoura took a pounding on 7th afternoon.

ImpactFire Service were called out for lifted roofs in Lincoln and Oxford.

Affected LifelineOrion New Zealand received arounf 50 call-outs to power cuts across the region. Most were caused by trees being blown across power lines. Most of the outages lasted approximately 2 hours and the main areas affected were Darfield, Annat and Brookside, with 2000 customers losing power. The first calls were received 3:46am.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Banks Peninsula
Map Location: -43.73644 173.024672
Comments:

ImpactBanks Peninsula appeared to be hardest hit by the windstorm, which came after several days of blustery conditions.

DamageA Le Bons Bay man lost quarter of his roof and an entire shed that was under construction in winds at 8:00am on the 7th.

CommentOne man's description of wind was that "It was an unusual wind, like mini tornadoes. Instead of blowing past, it was more like it was blowing up - a sucking wind". They were the worst winds he' experienced in the seven years he'd lived in the area.

Physical CharacteristicLe Bons Bay bore the worst fo the winds between 7:00am and 8:00am, with a mean speed of 104 km/hr.

Peak Wind SpeedThe peak gusts at Le Bons Bay was 148 km/hr.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Burke's Pass
Map Location: -44.089883 170.655807
Comments:

ImpactWinds sent a campervan off the road near Burke Pass.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Christchurch
Map Location: -43.53112 172.636147
Comments:

Peak Wind SpeedIn Christchurch, the strongest gusts of 94 km/hr were recorded between 5:00am and 6:00am on the 7th.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Kaikoura
Map Location: -42.402255 173.685685
Comments:

CommentIn Kaikoura, the maximum temperature was 11 degrees Celcius on the 10th.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Mackenzie Country
Comments:

CommentStrong winds rocked the Mackenzie Country on the 7th.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Mount Cook
Map Location: -43.734653 170.103918
Comments:

Peak Wind SpeedWind gusts of up to 160 km/hr were recorded around Mt Cook on the 7th.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Rolleston
Map Location: -43.597954 172.374428
Comments:

Affected LifelineOne power cut near Rolleston was caused by a shed being blown through power lines.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Southern Alps
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicAbout one metre (100 cm) of rain had fallen on Southern Alps over the last week.

FloodingFlooding at Waiau
Map Location: -42.6518 173.046278
Comments:

CommentThere was a flood in the Waiau River and it overflowed on the 8th after days of rainfall.

EvacueesThe Waiau township had to be temporarily evacuated.

Otago

Snow / IceSnow / Ice at Crown Range
Map Location: -44.94506 168.91875
Comments:

CommentHeavy snow blanketed the Crown Range on the 7th.

LandslideLandslide at Queenstown Lakes District
Map Location: -45.041441 168.645105
Comments:

Affected LifelineRain caused slips near Glenorchy and on the Devil's Staircase road.

Affected LifelineA rockfall blocked one lane of the main road between Queenstown and Glenorchy for two hours on the morning of the 7th.

Southland

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Fiordland
Comments:

Affected LifelineState Highway 94 was closed between Te Anau and Milford early on the 8th due to an avalanche hazard.

References

Meteorological Society of New Zealand (Inc.), Newsletter 111, December 2007.
Headline: Missing kayaker found after night out.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 12 October 2007.
Headline: Flood warning for upper North Island, landslips likely.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 9 October 2007.
Headline: Police warn motorists as floodwaters close roads.
www.nzherald.co.nz, Source: NZPA, 8 October 2007.
Headline: Huge nor'westerly gusts cause havoc.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: The Press, 8 October 2007.
Headline: Wild nor-westers 'just a taste of things to come'.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Dominion Post, 8 October 2007.
Headline: Bad weather stops planes and causes slips.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: The Press, 11 October 2007.