The storm moving across the North Island hit a unique piece of public art yesterday. The Len Lye-designed Wind Wand in New Plymouth was struck by lightning shortly after 6pm, knocking out the light at the wand's tip. The 48m-tall fibreglass sculpture was built after Lye's death and has become one of the most recognisable symbols of the city's waterfront. Footage of the strike was posted on Facebook by Taranaki internet provider PrimoWireless. The storm cut power to more than a hundred homes in Manaia and Opunake. Power was expected to be restored this morning. Emergency services in the Taranaki region had a number of calls reporting flooding.