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Schoolchildren stuck in Port Waikato overnight after slip blocks road

Wed, 05/04/2017 - 17:16
About 150 children will remain stuck in Port Waikato overnight after a large slip blocked the road in and out.The children were on a school camp but were safe and not at risk, a Waikato District Council spokesman said.The Tuakau...

Before and after Debbie: Footage shows extent of rainfall

Wed, 05/04/2017 - 16:21
More than three times April's normal rainfall is striking some parts of New Zealand in just 48 hours as the remenants of Cyclone Debbie cross the tasman.Nowhere is this more evident than at Hunua Falls, where incredible footage...

Q&A: The science of the storm

Wed, 05/04/2017 - 16:13
The remnants of ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie has been hammering the North Island this week. What's driving the system? And can we expect more like it in the future? Science reporter Jamie Morton talks to Niwa meteorologist Ben Noll....

Wild weather still packing a punch

Wed, 05/04/2017 - 15:23
The big wet has arrived with a vengeance, and it's not done with New Zealand yet.Today, much of the upper North Island copped the worst of it: homes were flooded, landslips caused heartache, roads and schools closed, public transport...

Watch NZH Local Focus: Sandbags line Marton's main street

Wed, 05/04/2017 - 14:26
The main street of Marton, sandbagged in preparation for the worst.Mayor of Rangitikei, Andy Watson is getting regular updates from forecasters on the weather system which is threatening his region."Latest data shows that there...

Time running out before Waharau community cut off by slip and bridge

Wed, 05/04/2017 - 13:13
Waharau Bridge on East Coast Road north of Kaiaua will be closed to all traffic from around 2.30pm as Hauraki District Council engineers attempt to carry out essential work on the fast-eroding bride. The bridge has been open to...

'Lucky' Auckland motorist escapes after falling tree crushes car in Howick

Wed, 05/04/2017 - 10:44
An Auckland motorist was lucky to escape with "a bit of a headache" after his car was crushed by a tree in severe weather.Matthew Brownrigg was driving home on Whitford Rd near Howick about 7.30pm last night through torrential rain."There...

West Auckland residents stuck behind wall of mud

Wed, 05/04/2017 - 10:19
Five families have been trapped in their homes after a slip blocked their driveway in West Auckland.Landing Rd resident Tony Matthews told the Herald about five families and 16 people were stuck in their Titirangi homes after...

Floodwaters lick front door of trapped Waikato resident

Wed, 05/04/2017 - 10:18
Several rural Waikato residents were trapped in their homes due to rising floodwaters this morning.While the rain has eased and flooding subsided, residents in the west Ngaruawahia area of Waingaro are bracing themselves for more...

Auckland told to prepare for even worse weather

Wed, 05/04/2017 - 10:08
Auckland civil defence is warning the region will be pounded by as bad if not worse weather in coming hours.Auckland Council head of emergency management operations Aaron Davis said people needed to prepare for the next onslaught...

Residents at Kohimarama apartment block clawed in rubble to find missing man

Wed, 05/04/2017 - 09:19
A man in the Kohimarama apartment block hit by a landslide has described how residents clawed at the rubble in a panic trying to find a man they thought had been buried.Craig Jones, 45, was alone in Unit 7 on the ground floor of...

Heavy rain from Cyclone Debbie continues to batter Hawke's Bay

Wed, 05/04/2017 - 09:06
Heavy rain has continued to batter Hawke's Bay overnight and is forecast to continue throughout the day. Total rainfall as of 9am this morning was up to 25.4 mm in Napier while 66.1 mm is forecast to fall throughout the day. Authorities...

Homes flooded in Hamilton as wild weather lashes parts of the country

Wed, 05/04/2017 - 08:37
Three houses have been flooded in Hamilton so far this morning after wild weather lashed parts of the country overnight.Northern fire communications shift manager Jaron Philips said firefighters have been sent to three homes in...

Slips, trees down, flooding as heavy rain lashes Rotorua

Wed, 05/04/2017 - 08:33
Rotorua is being hounded by periods of heavy rain and wind, causing slips, uprooting trees and creating surface flooding around the city.The wet weather comes as the remnants of Cyclone Debbie cross the country.While Rotorua is...

Rain gauges closely watched as cyclone tail hits

Wed, 05/04/2017 - 08:00
Heavy rain continued to sweep through the region as Hawke's Bay residents felt the remnants of Cyclone Debbie yesterday.MetService issued rain and wind warnings spanning the North Island and the upper South Island, with 82mm of...

Weather chaos: What you need to know

Wed, 05/04/2017 - 07:20
New Zealanders are waking up to the havoc being wreaked by the tail of Cyclone Debbie. SEND US YOUR WEATHER PHOTOS AND VIDEOS Here's everything you need to know:• There has been widespread flooding overnight across Auckland...

New danger as gardens fall into sea as North Shore cliff face collapses

Wed, 05/04/2017 - 07:19
Homes on the edge of a collapsing Auckland waterfront cliff face may be evacuated as a second major landslide carves off property into the sea.Homes are flooded across the upper North Island as weather continues to lash the country...

Live: Weather, rain, flood chaos as Cyclone Debbie wreaks havoc on Auckland, Whanganui, Rangitikei and other parts of North Island, South Island

Wed, 05/04/2017 - 04:54
Hundreds of residents are being evacuated in Whanganui, a mud slip slammed into homes in one of Auckland's upmarket suburbs and flooding has closed roads - New Zealanders are waking up to the havoc being wreaked by the tail of Cyclone...

Debbie deluge: Auckland region flooded, worse yet to come for central North Island

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 23:20
Some Auckland suburbs have been deluged with an entire average April rainfall in just six hours as Cyclone Debbie slams much if the North Island.Heavy rain and storms pounded Auckland tonight. The Fire Service Northern Communications...

Tail end of cyclone not over for Tauranga with more rain expected until Thursday

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 18:02
Heavy rain drenching the Bay not only bothered cruise ship passengers but has delayed the kiwifruit harvest and caused minor flooding in Tauranga.MetService issued a severe weather warning for the area and at 5pm yesterday 40.8mm...


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