A large tree smashed into a teen's bedroom on Onewa Rd,
Birkenhead. Photo / Doug Sherring
An Auckland teenager will bunk down at a friend's house
this week after a tree smashed into his bedroom on Saturday
Josh Malmo, 16, was cut on the hand by a flying shard of
glass when the tree crashed into his room about 11.30pm. He
was otherwise unhurt.
"He just needed a cup of tea with a couple of sugars in it,"
said his father, Andrew Malmo.
The 10m tree was brought down by high winds as the remnants
of Tropical Cyclone Lusi passed over Auckland at the weekend.
It also flattened a caravan at the same property on Onewa Rd,
Birkenhead, Mr Malmo said.
The noise of the tree coming down sounded like "the roof was
being torn off the house".
"It also landed on my wife's caravan and pushed it right down
to the ground," he said.
Mr Malmo said the family were waiting to hear from the
landlord's insurance company. In the meantime, Josh was
staying with a friend.
The storm, which was downgraded from a cyclone before it
reached New Zealand on Friday night, brought down trees and
caused damaging storm surges around the upper North Island.
It was last night expected to cause gale-force winds with
gusts of up to 130km/h in Wellington, South Wairarapa and
Marlborough, and heavy rain in parts of the South Island.
In Auckland, the storm caused surface flooding, power cuts
and minor coastal erosion, said Civil Defence controller
More than 10,000 homes lost power on Saturday, with up to
6000 customers out at one time, but Mr Manley said most were
restored within a couple of hours.
Residents in 50 homes at northeastern beaches were told on
Saturday night they might need to evacuate, as large swells
threatened to inundate properties. But he said the swells
subsided earlier than forecast, so there was no need to
There was only minor erosion at North Auckland beaches, he
Three boats had to be secured in Auckland harbour on Saturday
after breaking their moorings, and Fullers ferry sailings to
Devonport were disrupted by the conditions.
The Fire Service northern communications centre received
about 200 weather-related calls in Auckland, Northland,
Waikato and Bay of Plenty from Friday evening to Sunday at
2pm, including 99 in Auckland.
In Northland, more than 30 businesses were inundated by sea
water on Paihia's waterfront, and will be closed for a few
Part of State Highway 11 through central Paihia was closed on
Saturday morning as high swells pushed sea water onto the
road and into cafes and restaurants. Wind gusts reached
139km/h at Cape Reinga.
Auckland: Early low cloud, westerlies dying out, high 24C.
Hamilton: Morning showers, fine spells, high 24C.
Wellington: Severe gales before dawn, then strong
northerlies, dying away tomorrow . High 21C.
Christchurch: Fine, late rain, developing northeasterlies.
- additional reporting: Northern Advocate
- Heather McCracken of APNZ