Less than a month ago Northland was a drought area.
Flying back home to the Bay of Islands this morning after a forth week away (all the Friday flights were cancelled because of the weather bomb) and, from the Kaipara Harbour north, Northland was just one big lake.
The damage is huge. My sympathy goes out to all those caught out by the forces of nature. You just can't plan for and beat the sort of tropical deluge the upper half of the North Island has experienced over the last few days.