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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...

Cyclone Cook vs Cyclone Debbie: The science of the storms

Thu, 13/04/2017 - 12:08
It's being called the most powerful storm to hit New Zealand in decades but how does Cyclone Cook compare to Debbie?Generally, meteorologists say last week's storm, the remnants of an tropical cyclone, was a complex, widespread...

Cyclone Cook: Five things you need to know; MetService warns Kiwis to prepare

Thu, 13/04/2017 - 11:24
As wild weather from Cyclone Cook lashes the country we put together a list of the five most important things you need to know right now. 1. Residents of low-lying Coromandel east coast told to evacuate immediately Residents in...

Cyclone Cook puts ferries on high alert, after comparisons to Wahine disaster

Thu, 13/04/2017 - 09:58
Those hoping to cross the Cook Strait by ferry today are being told not to panic after comparisons with the storm that sank the Wahine.Cyclone Cook is expected to bring a weather system with the same intensity as the 1968 storm...

Edgecumbe flooding: As seen from space

Thu, 13/04/2017 - 09:39
Satellite images have offered a dramatic perspective of Edgecumbe before and after the Bay of Plenty town was swamped by flooding last Thursday.The images were collected by Planet Labs, the operator of the world's largest fleet...

Holidaymakers in low-lying parts of Coromandel asked to leave as Cyclone Cook brings flooding

Thu, 13/04/2017 - 08:51
People living or holidaying in low-lying areas of Coromandel Peninsula are being asked to evacuate.The Defence Force has already been sent to the district, and four Unimogs are expected to arrive before 10am.All communities in...

Cyclone Cook: What you need to know by region

Thu, 13/04/2017 - 08:41
The extreme weather from Cyclone Cook is set to batter most of the country. Here are the latest updates, region by region: Northland/Waikato • MetService has issued a heavy rain warning for Northland with 110-150mm of rain...

Cyclone Cook expected to pummel North Island over next 24 hours

Thu, 13/04/2017 - 07:25
Cyclone Cook is just hours from landfall and is expected to carve a furious path the length of the North Island. MetService has issued extensive gale and heavy rain warnings across a swathe of regions ahead of the storm coming...

The weather, region by region: What you need to know ahead of Cyclone Cook unleashing havoc

Wed, 12/04/2017 - 18:34
The extreme weather from Cyclone Cook is set to batter most of the country. Here are the latest updates, region by region: Northland / Waikato • Heavy rain warnings in place for tomorrow.• Between 150-300mm of rain...

Cyclone Cook: State of emergency declared in Thames

Wed, 12/04/2017 - 17:22
A state of emergency has been declared in Thames ahead of Cyclone Cook making landfall.People in the region are being told not to take the situation lightly; as strong winds, thunderstorms and heavy rain are expected.There is...

Cyclone Cook: Heavy rain and reports of flooding

Wed, 12/04/2017 - 13:03
Severe weather warnings have been issued in parts of the country as heavy rain is starting to pound Auckland; with reports of flooding around the city.The MetService has put out a heavy rain warning for Northland, Auckland, Coromandel,...

DCC emergency centre in Dunedin open amid flood fears

Wed, 12/04/2017 - 12:42
The Dunedin City Council has activated its Emergency Operations Centre and encouraged residents in low-lying areas to make plans to get out of their homes if forecast heavy rain causes flooding.Council civil defence controller Ruth...

Prepare for heavy downpour in Otago

Wed, 12/04/2017 - 09:30
Downpours forecast to hit eastern Otago today are set to drench the region for more than 24 hours.MetService meteorologist Lisa Murray warned heavy rain had been expected on the east coast of Otago from about 3am today.The heavy...

Live: Cyclone Cook set to bring chaos across New Zealand in wild weather week

Wed, 12/04/2017 - 08:34
The country is being warned to be prepare for damaging gales, enormous storm surges and widespread flooding as Cyclone Cook bears down, threatening to plunge regions into chaos.MetService says the cyclone is due to make landfall...

Flood-stricken Bay of Plenty in line for wet weather double punch as Cook looms

Wed, 12/04/2017 - 07:52
Flood-stricken Bay residents are in for another soaking as heavy rain and the remnants of another cyclone head our way, forecasters say.A severe weather warning has been issued by MetService with 200-250mm of rain expected to fall...

Cyclone Cook: Country in for a wet week with severe weather warnings in place

Wed, 12/04/2017 - 05:00
Thunderstorms, winds and a dumping of rain are expected across the country this week, with Cyclone Cook blustering towards the North Island.Both islands are in for showers and some heavy downpours predicted from today through Saturday,...


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