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Live: Kiwis counting the cost of Cyclone Cook after wild, windy night

Fri, 14/04/2017 - 05:07
Having battered the Bay of Plenty and Hawke's Bay, leaving homes flooded and without electricity, Cyclone Cook is still heading south.Weatherwatch reports the ex-cyclone will "slink" southwards down the eastern side of the South...

Crews out at daybreak to assess Cyclone Cook damage

Fri, 14/04/2017 - 02:58
Civil defence crews will be out at first light to assess the full extent of any damage caused by flooding, slips and high winds.A statement from the Bay of Plenty Civil Defence said there had been power outages in Whakatane, and...

Watch NZH Local Focus: Cyclone Cook good training for aspiring Tairua fireman

Fri, 14/04/2017 - 02:07
For 18-year-old Billy Turner, Cyclone Cook looked like it was going to provide the perfect opportunity to put his training as a volunteer fireman to good use.Mr Turner says yesterday was relatively quiet with only a few minor callouts...

Bay of Plenty residents hunker down after route to Opotiki blocked

Thu, 13/04/2017 - 22:30
The main road leading west from the small eastern Bay of Plenty town of Opotiki has been blocked after Cyclone Cook blew through.NZTA reports the road between Waiotahi/Ohiwa and Opotiki is closed, and warned people against any unnecessary...

Cyclone Cook drops in on Hawke's Bay + VIDEO

Thu, 13/04/2017 - 22:27
Hawke's Bay is tonight feeling the effects of what remains of Cyclone Cook with wild winds and rain causing slips and blockages on roads, trees to come down and power outages across the region.Police are warning motorists that...

Cyclone Cook: Your stories by region

Thu, 13/04/2017 - 20:22
The extreme weather from Cyclone Cook has started to batter most of the country. Here are your stories, region by region: WAINUI BEACH: "We are beach front at Wainui Beach and power is out and it's so windy the windows and house...

Ohope residents evacuate as Cyclone Cook hits

Thu, 13/04/2017 - 19:29
Residents in Ohope are among those who have evacuated their homes in preparation for what Cyclone Cook has to bring.Earlier today, locals told the Herald authorities knocked on their doors to let them know they had to get out...

Cyclone Cook had potential to cause 'lots of loss of life' - Auckland Civil Defence

Thu, 13/04/2017 - 18:25
Cyclone Cook appears to have left Auckland not with a bang, but with a whimper.While some people are left questioning whether the warnings of a massive, destructive storm were a bit much, others appreciate the opportunity to prepare...

Ohope residents evacuated as Cyclone Cook nears

Thu, 13/04/2017 - 16:38
The small beachside community of Ohope in the Bay of Plenty has been evacuated. Police and Civil Defence have been going door to door telling nearly 3000 residents to take to higher ground. Cyclone Cook is expected to reach landfall...

Q&A: Why do we live in flood zones?

Thu, 13/04/2017 - 15:26
A mere week after the tail end of Tropical Cyclone Debbie hit the North Island, another cyclone is bearing down on New Zealand. The MetService is warning Kiwis that Cyclone Cook could bring heavy rainfall especially to areas already...

Wellington transport unaffected by Cyclone Cook

Thu, 13/04/2017 - 15:24
Aside from fog-affected flights in the capital, transport in Wellington is running as normal.Cyclone Cook's wrath has yet to hit the city, and until then most commuter services are running business as usual.Due to fog, some flights...

Get your pets inside as Cyclone Cook descends, SPCA says

Thu, 13/04/2017 - 15:08
As Cyclone Cook gets closer to New Zealand, pet owners are being warned to bring animals inside and be prepared to evacuate. Cyclone Debbie broke hearts last week when some people were separated from their pets, particularly in...

Ominous cloud forms ahead of Cyclone Cook

Thu, 13/04/2017 - 14:49
A couple fishing on Lake Taupo this morning had just caught a few of fish when they noticed black clouds forming ominously above them.Ian and Frances Jenkins, who own the Tui Lodge nearby, went out about 9am."We were jigging for...

Supermarket chaos as Cyclone Cook sweeps towards NZ

Thu, 13/04/2017 - 13:57
Scenes of chaos can be seen at supermarkets throughout Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty as Cyclone Cook bears down on New Zealand.People were packing their trolleys with non-perishables, food, and bottled water ahead of...

Watch NZH Local Focus: Tairua prepares for Cyclone Cook

Thu, 13/04/2017 - 13:45
Boaties in Tairua spent the morning preparing for Cyclone Cook - securing their vessels in preparation for the onslaught.Brett Sample, a deckie at Next Level Adventures, said "its going to hit us pretty soon so just been tying up...

Kokohinau Marae helping locals affected by Cyclone Cook

Thu, 13/04/2017 - 13:39
Hundreds of people at a marae near flood-hit Edgecumbe are banding together to help locals now affected by Cyclone Cook.The Kokohinau Marae in Te Teko, in the Bay of Plenty, has become a hub for families in need of a place to stay...

Cyclone Cook: Road closures around the North Island

Thu, 13/04/2017 - 13:35
As Cyclone Cook wallops parts of the country today, many may be planning their routes of escape, or even Easter travel.Motorists should check the New Zealand Transport Agency website before heading out to make sure travel routes...

Airbnb offering free rooms for Cyclone Cook evacuees

Thu, 13/04/2017 - 13:28
Airbnb is waiving its service fee and allowing listings for free accommodation for those affected by Cyclone Cook .The online rental company has introduced an Urgent Accommodation page on its website as part of its disaster response...

'It's bedlam': Huge bus queues in Auckland as Cyclone Cook sends students, workers home early

Thu, 13/04/2017 - 12:48
Auckland city is "complete bedlam" according to one commuter, as students and workers leave early to escape the worst of Cyclone Cook.Some people were even tapping on the windows of passing cars begging for lifts home when queues...

Officials tell drivers to avoid the worst of Cyclone Cook, leave work early

Thu, 13/04/2017 - 12:10
Get home before the worst of the weather hits, officials are telling drivers today.Cyclone Cook is bearing down on New Zealand, bringing with it torrential rain and gusts of up to 150km/h in some regions.There are 137 schools...

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