Hudsons beach suffers brunt of storm

The heavy weather front that hit the northern part of the North Island on the night of 4-5 January caused chaos at some Manukau peninsula beaches.

Hudsons Beach bore the brunt with most of the seawall demolished by the heavy waves and roaring wind that reached 83.3km/hr according to peninsular weather expert Brian Hamilton. He also recorded a rainfall over the 24 hours of 17.9mm.

Some properties suffered water damage on the high tide at 1am when the level rose to above the seawall and permeated houses along the foreshore. Some residents reported water damage with up to 150mm entering basements.

Nearby Grahams Beach suffered minor damage, but nothing as severe as Hudsons Beach. Orua and Big Bays avoided the direct line of the storm, but Wattle Bay suffered some minor erosion damage.

Story and photographs: Bill Deed

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