Wellington Scoop

Thunder and lightning – and power outages

An early-morning storm brought thunder and lightning over Wellington – followed by a power outage in Newlands, Johnsonville and Paparangi.

More than 4000 homes were without power for 75 minutes – electricity was restored about 7am.

Traffic signals and street lights were out of order at the bottom of the Ngauranga Gorge – the NZTA blamed lightning. The problem was fixed in an hour.

The Freyberg Pool is closed today because of damage caused during a power cut, which the city council said was “probably” linked with the thunderstorm.

But a morning water problem couldn’t be blamed on the thunder or lightning –