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Wind, which at 8.50 a.m. reached 60 miles an hour in a gust, raised heavy seas on the Waitemata Harbour against a flood tide this morning, and ferry passengers had rough trips. The vessels had difficulty in berthing, and vehicular ferries, in particular, were subjected to a battering, especially on the DevonportAuckland crossing. The wind began to freshen at 10.30 last night, when it was blowing from the north-west. By 1.30 this morning. its speed in gusts was 35 miles an hour, increasing to 45 by 4 a.m. After dropping to 15 miles an hour at 6 a.m., the wind backed to the west with increased velocity, a gust of GO miles an hour being recorded at 8.50. During the morning there were frequent gusts of over 55 miles an hour, later moderating slightly. Such was the force of the wind early this morning that the A. G. Frankham vessel, Coronation, which left the port for Awanui at 1.25 a.m., returned at 2.15 a.m. o'clock, her message to the signal station being that she was forced to turn back on account of heavy weather outside the harbour. The gale is expected to delay other small coastal vessels. The Northern Company's Hauturu has been delayed by bad weather at Picton.

It was reported from Takapuna that street signs had been blown down by the gale and oranges which had just ripened in private orchards had been stripped from some trees. The wind, it was added, had also taken heavy toll of shrubs which had been left unstaked during the present planting-out season. Planting of early crops will be retarded by the unfavourable conditions as the ground is too wet to work. The rainfall during the 24hour period to nine o'clock this morning was .22in, making the rainfall to date this month 1.57 in. There have been eight days with rain this month. As a result of the adverse weather, all secondary schools' Rugby and Soccer matches, firth and sixth grade Rugby games, and all Soccer matches up to figth grade Were cancelled.

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ROUGH TRIPS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 165, 14 July 1945

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ROUGH TRIPS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 165, 14 July 1945

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