Category 3 tropical cyclone!! wow.
video is about 10am this morning
about 2 hours later, a LOT more water!
never normally any water here!
We're right in the middle of it now. This morning 200km/h winds were recorded in the Bay of Islands.
It's all a bit hairy!
So far we've lost one huge pine tree, but it was due to come down anyway and it fell in such a way that no damage was caused. There are loads of branches down all over the place, but so far both houses are fine and all the animals are ok too. We've had to go out and stake a couple of our newer trees as they were looking dangerously like being blown over.
We had no electricity for about 5 hours so we went into Kerikeri to get some water as no power, no pump, no water even though it's torrential rain outside! The drive home was wet! Bulls Gorge is now closed, we were some of the last cars to get through. Our rivers are very high, the one nearest our house has completely burst it's banks but is nowhere near to reaching the house. The one down at mum and dad's is so high, but would never reach!
The Stone Store bridge is mad!
The wind is just getting up again so I assume the eye has past us, they're forecasting that this afternoon and night are going to be even more windy.