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Gita's been and gone but clean-up still in full swing for several areas

NZ Herald Weather - 2 hours 46 min ago
Cyclone Gita has been and gone but thousands of people are still without power, others cut off from supplies, or still cleaning up the trail of destruction left by the storm. Two days have passed since the cyclone passed over the...

Humidity set to roll back in on Sunday

NZ Herald Weather - 8 hours 15 min ago
Now is the time to catch up on your sleep with Auckland set to return to hot, sleepless nights as soon as Sunday. Weatherwatch's Philip Duncan said the break in humidity was partly thanks to Cyclone Gita pulling in a southwesterly...

Cyclone Gita: Family forced to swim through floodwaters

NZ Herald Weather - 12 hours 22 min ago
A mother and her three children had to swim to safety during Cyclone Gita as slips and floodwaters threatened their home near the Abel Tasman National Park. The Tasman District was one of seven regions that declared a state of...

Cyclone Gita: Supplies to stranded areas, homes still without power

NZ Herald Weather - 12 hours 49 min ago
The first shipment of supplies has arrived to people stranded by Cyclone Gita in the Golden Bay area. State Highway 60, which crosses Takaka Hill, is the only road in and out of Golden Bay and has been closed since Tuesday afternoon...

Your weather: Flooding continues but sunshine coming for New Zealand

NZ Herald Weather - 16 hours 52 min ago
Heavy rain and thunderstorms have swept through the Kapiti Coast forcing people to evacuate their flooded homes. Nearly 50mm of rain has fallen in the past six hours in Paraparaumu, with 40mm of it falling between 2am and 3am. Another...

Evacuations in Paraparaumu after heavy rain

NZ Herald Weather - 17 hours 9 min ago
Several homes are being evacuated in Paraparaumu after heavy overnight rain.Fire and Emergency told Newstalk ZB it had received dozens of calls about homes being flooded in the past few hours.It has been raining heavily in the...

Cleaning up in Cyclone Gita's aftermath

NZ Herald Weather - 17 hours 32 min ago
Hundreds of people are in clean-up mode two days on from Cyclone Gita's ravaging visit that damaged roads, houses and completely cut off access to parts of the West Coast and Golden Bay districts. Seven districts declared a state...

Takaka out of toilet paper and bread after shoppers stock up following Gita

NZ Herald Weather - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 18:44
Milk and bread as well as other essentials have been cleared out of Takaka as the Tasman town is cut off and trucks with supplies are unable to reach them for days.Several shops have noted they are out of the popular goods as people...

Contractors go all out to save State Highway 1 on Kapiti Coast after Cyclone Gita carnage

NZ Herald Weather - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 17:09
The force of ex-cyclone Gita tearing through central New Zealand has threatened the stability of state highway one along the southern end of the Kapiti Coast. Urgent work is underway on SH1 between Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki following...

Cyclone Gita: Whole trees, mud blanketing parts of Nelson, Tasman regions

NZ Herald Weather - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 14:49
Whole trees, mud and silt are blanketing parts of the Nelson and Tasman regions, with despairing locals wondering how long it will take to repair the damage.Cyclone Gita's aftermath has created power outages, blocked roads and left...

Photos: Cyclone Gita causes devastation across New Zealand

NZ Herald Weather - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 12:07
Photos taken from across New Zealand reveal the devastation caused by Cyclone Gita.

Cyclone Gita: Drone footage captures several huge slips on Takaka Hill

NZ Herald Weather - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 11:28
Incredible drone footage, supplied to the Herald by James Thomas, captures a number of huge slips on Takaka Hill blocking the winding road.The footage scans State Highway 6 between Riwaka and Takaka, revealing slips, flooding...

Cyclone Gita: Takaka firefighters rescue tourists in rising waters

NZ Herald Weather - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 11:22
Despite the road "running like a river", the Takaka Volunteer Fire brigade managed to get tourists stranded by rising waters to safety from the Takaka Valley."It has been one hell of a storm," volunteer firefighter and Upper Takaka...

Cyclone Gita: More than 15,000 properties in Taranaki still without power

NZ Herald Weather - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 10:58
Extra crews have been brought in to restore power to more than 15,700 homes in hard-hit Taranaki in Gita's wake.Gale-force winds gusting above 130km/h knocked out power for more than 20,000 homes in the region last night, when local...

South Island mayors renew call for 'major incident' option as alternative to declaring State of Emergency

NZ Herald Weather - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 10:21
Christchurch's Mayor is backing her decision to declare a state of emergency ahead of ex-cyclone Gita and is renewing calls for the Government to implement an option to declare such events "serious incidents" instead.Lianne Dalziel...

Watch: Did TVNZ reporter drop the A-bomb after weather report?

NZ Herald Weather - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 07:44
A TVNZ reporter ended an interview about the weather with a spray of his own – dropping the A-bomb on live television. TVNZ reporter Sam Clarke was taking part in a live cross from Westport for 1 News Tonight last night. He had...

Cyclone Gita road closures: State Highway 1 at Pukerua, Paekakariki shut

NZ Herald Weather - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 06:52
The main highway into Wellington is damaged after Cyclone Gita whipped up waves that crashed across the road.Motorists are already facing heavy delays and southbound traffic into the capital is backed up as far as Raumati.State...

Cyclone Gita: Taranaki pounded by gale-force winds that uprooted trees

NZ Herald Weather - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 06:34
Taranaki copped a fearsome pounding overnight - battered by gale-force winds gusting above 130km/h that knocked out power for more than 20,000 homes.Residents are waking this morning to survey the damage wrought by the fearsome...

Cyclone Gita: Storm splits in two, rain, strong winds lash South Island

NZ Herald Weather - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 06:26
The country has been ravaged by former Cyclone Gita, which brought 15m waves, more than 300mm of rain, and wind gusts above 130km/h - and it is not over yet. The system has split in two - caught up by the Southern Alps - and the...

Cyclone Gita: Tasman power outages, state highway 'severely' damaged

NZ Herald Weather - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 06:14
Taranaki and Tasman, followed by the West Coast of the South Island, have been hardest hit by ex-cyclone Gita.Fire and Emergency received more than 400 weather-related calls yesterday between 2pm and midnight.Communications advisor...

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