A month’s worth of rain fell in a day in the Gisborne region and officials are still waiting nervously for the impact of heavy rain which has continued all day. Some areas in Gisborne received over 240mm of rain in the past 24 hours. Strong winds have also left a trail of destruction across the Bay of Plenty and Waikato, with high winds toppling trees and powerlines across the two regions. Federated Farmers Gisborne East Coast President Toby Williams says the heavy rain brought down trees, took out fences and closed roads, but at least there was plenty of warning. One Gisborne farmer had a very close shave with a huge gum tree, John Fraser was working in his shed yesterday when the 30m gum tree fell on it demolishing the shed and everything in it. Mr Fraser says he was in the shed when he heard it creak and he ran for it … at he says twice the speed of sound. He says he tripped as he was running out but managed to pick himself up and run to safety.
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