This is Waiheke Island, March 14, 2015: One day before Cyclone Pam, a category 4-5 storm, is expected to pound the North Island with rain and wind.

Mudbrick Winery on Waiheke Island, New Zealand. Photo by Tina.

Cyclone? What cyclone? I don’t see no cyclone — now. DO NOT LET THIS PICTURE FOOL YOU. At this point, Cyclone Pam just finished ruining Vanuatu. It’s bad.

Because of the impending storm, I took my visiting friend to Waiheke Saturday instead of Monday (when we originally had planned to go.) We lived together in Washington, DC, during hurricanes Irene and Sandy. What a warm welcome for her — “Kia ora, here’s some lovely scenery, also we lined up another hurricane for you to enjoy [sarcasm].”

On the ferry back, the sunset was pretty stunning, although not quite “red sky at night.”

Sunset over Hauraki Gulf, outside Auckland. Photo by Tina.

Despite the pretty day yesterday, the weather reports are warning the north part of the North Island to take precautions. This morning, Kiwi went out to buy food for tonight. The three of us will probably hunker down for Netflix and if the Internet craps out, Cards Against Humanity.

How bad will this storm be? We will see. This is a good time for me to start following all the relevant emergency response groups on social media:

Auckland Civil Defence and Emergency Management:
Facebook | Twitter: @AucklandCDEM

Met Service (weather forecasts):
Facebook | Twitter: @MetService

Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management:
Facebook | Twitter: @NZCivilDefence