Hawke's Bay plunged into darkness as Cyclone Cook caused power outages and cancelled flights in and out of the region.
Today the clean up began.
Some roads are completely blocked - others are down to one lane.
Branches are strewn across Anderson Park and this tree had a close call with these houses across the road.
Services have been hard at work since first light.
Plenty of locals have ventured out to see the aftermath - authorities are urging people to take extreme care.
The weather may have passed - but strong swells continue to surge - a reminder of last night's deluge.