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7/12/2007

Storm's sandy deluge

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Photo: Sand, sand, sand. High winds desposited stand on The Esplanade and Eastern Beach Rd on Tuesday night. Times photos Dean Wedlake.

New Zealand
In almost 30 years living on the shores of Eastern Beach, residents have never seen anything to rival the wild weather events of Tuesday night. Sand, sand, sand. High winds desposited sand on The Esplanade and Eastern Beach Rd on Tuesday night. Reported winds of about 140 to 160km/h blasted the beachfront, sending residents into a minor panic as sandstorms whipped up and trees hung on for dear life. “The sand was like teaming rain, it was really unbelievable.” When residents awoke, the usually picturesque surroundings of The Esplanade and Eastern Beach Rd were covered in sand. Massive volumes were dumped on the road by high gusting winds and on properties, leaving a nasty clean-up job. Having witnessed gusts of up to 150km/hr in the past, one resident says Tuesday night’s south-easterly blasts FAR EXCEEDED ANY HE'S EVER SEEN PREVIOUSLY in terms of brute strength
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