NZ storm ‘worst in generations’

NEW ZEALAND: Rain Falls in Tauranga as Cyclone Cook Nears April 130:04

Kiwis were battening down the hatches the morning of Thursday, April 13, as Cyclone Cook approached. Weather service MetService said the storm was expected to make landfall in an area between the Coromandel Peninsula to the western Bay of Plenty at around 6 pm on Thursday. It was then forecast to move south over the rest of the North Island by midnight and pass over the Banks Peninsula on the South Island around 6 am. The entire North Island was under a Severe Wind Warning, except for Northland which was under a severe wind watch. Metservice meteorologist Lisa Murray predicted wind gusts of 150 km/h or more and heavy downpours. New Zealand Civil Defence called it an ?extremely serious weather event ? Put safety first. Don?t take any chances.? This video shows rain falling in a garden in the Tauranga suburb of Otumoetai, in the Bay of Plenty in the North Island. Credit: Twitter/Leisa Renwick via Storyful

Auckland’s harbour bridge could be closed to traffic as New Zealand’s North Island feels the brunt of Cyclone Cook.

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New Zealanders are bracing for a second major storm in just over a week as the remnants of Cyclone Cook bore down on the South Pacific nation.

Civil authorities on Thursday advised people in low-lying areas on the North Island’s Coromandel peninsula to evacuate to higher ground.

The New Zealand Herald described the storm as the worst seen in New Zealand “in generations” and that authorities were considering closing the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Flooding is already being reported in Auckland as Cyclone Cook moves down the country. Picture: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Flooding is already being reported in Auckland as Cyclone Cook moves down the country. Picture: Phil Walter/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Air New Zealand suspended flights from Tauranga Airport and the military placed 500 troops on standby.

The worst of the weather is expected to hit Thursday afternoon through Friday night.

The MetService weather agency predicted rainfall could exceed 100 millimetres in some places. The service predicted winds could gust to 150 kilometres per hour and waves of over five metres would hit the coast.

Last Thursday the remnants of Cyclone Debbie flooded some towns.

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