Southerly storm hits the Valley

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Photo by @TaraMerriman From Eastbourne

Southerly Front approaching Wgtn as seen from Petone. on Twitpic

Photo by @stevebiddle Southerly from Petone

Today at 4.45pm a Southerly weather bomb hit. Heavy rain with strong winds and a temperature drop of 10 degrees occurred within half an hour.

It took about an hour for reports to filter through. Damage to roofs (St Bernards College Waterloo Road lost roof sheeting) trees and fences down, power outages, surprised many with the verocity of the front.

A tree down on the rail lines between Woburn and Waterloo railway stations caused about 2 hour delays to commuters returning from Wellington.

By 7pm the front had passed with clear skies opening up over the valley.

Other photos here from around Wellington.