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Cyclone Debbie formed rare weather event as it bore down on New Zealand

Fri, 07/04/2017 - 16:20
The remnant energy of ex-tropical cyclone Debbie formed an 'atmospheric river', a rare weather event linked to the deluge which soaked the country this week.The tropical storm forced about 2000 residents out of their homes In Edgecumbe...

Kohimarama landslide: Cliff declared safe, residents can return once mud-stricken apartments declared habitable

Fri, 07/04/2017 - 15:32
Residents of an Auckland apartment block struck by a landslide this week have been told the cliff behind their homes poses "no imminent risk".San Remo Apartments resident Craig Jones received the good news from Auckland Council...

Move over Debbie: New cyclone warning for New Zealand

Fri, 07/04/2017 - 13:20
A grim week is in store for storm-battered New Zealand with more deluges set to drench the country and a threat of a tropical cyclone bearing down at Easter.It may be a fine weekend but it will be short lived with weather models...

Inland route to Kaikoura reopens after rain

Fri, 07/04/2017 - 12:51
The inland route to Kaikoura has reopened after rain forced its closure on Thursday.NZ Transport Agency said Route 70 to Kaikoura via Waiau and Mt Lyford reopened on Friday morning.It said a decision whether it would be closed...

Pressure on Whakatane motels to help Edgecumbe flood victims

Fri, 07/04/2017 - 12:50
A further crisis is looming for the evacuated residents of Edgecumbe.Whakatane motels are filling up with Edgecumbe's evacuees but, with any return home uncertain and the Easter rush around the corner, many fear they can't house...

Edgecumbe from the air: The day after the storm

Fri, 07/04/2017 - 10:39
Floodwaters continue to swamp the eastern Bay of Plenty, with aerial photos showing the full impact of the devastation from ex-cyclone Debbie.More than 2000 people remain cut off across Bay of Plenty this morning as the region remains...

Trustpower boss says company not to blame for Edgecumbe flooding

Fri, 07/04/2017 - 09:54
Officials are blaming red tape for the devastating deluge which overwhelmed the Bay of Plenty township of Edgecumbe.Trustpower's CEO says the torrents of water which breached a stop bank in the Rangitaiki River yesterday could not...

Floods: Christchurch woman offers Bay of Plenty residents words of support

Fri, 07/04/2017 - 09:00
Jo Byrne knows a lot about floods. Her family home in Christchurch flooded four times. The first flood happened hours after the 2011 devastating Canterbury earthquake in the area known as the Flockton Basin.Her house flooded in...

Rescuers use jet boats to travel flooded Edgecumbe streets

Fri, 07/04/2017 - 07:05
Rescuers in jet boats were sent to save people as water surged through Edgecumbe yesterday, engulfing the town after a spectacular stop bank breach.Ex-Edgecumbe resident Brandon Crowley described dramatic rescues from chest-deep...

Chilly start to the morning as cyclone Debbie's humidity lifts

Fri, 07/04/2017 - 06:46
Many will have woken feeling chillier than usual this week, as cyclone Debbie's humid air finally moves off the country.While temperatures were not unusually low for this time of year, parts of the country that have been receiving...

The big wet: Stories from the flood

Fri, 07/04/2017 - 05:00
Pets and belongings left behind The scramble to evacuate Edgecumbe forced people to leave everything behind, including pets.Wheelchair-bound Paul McConnachie (pictured) saw the evacuation announced on television, and five minutes...

Amazing images of flooding devastation

Thu, 06/04/2017 - 18:17
These amazing images show the scale of today's flooding. In the Bay of Plenty town of Edgecumbe, hundreds of homes are under water and thousands of residents have been evacuated after the Rangitaiki River burst its banks.Defence...

Amazing images show devastation of flooding

Thu, 06/04/2017 - 17:40
These amazing images show the scale of today's flooding. In the Bay of Plenty town of Edgecumbe, hundreds of homes are under water and thousands of residents have been evacuated after the Rangitaiki River burst its banks.Defence...

Rain continues to fall in Christchurch but Canterbury escapes worst of cyclone's tail

Thu, 06/04/2017 - 15:41
Rain continues to fall, rivers are swollen and traffic is being slowed by surface flooding but Christchurch and the rest of Canterbury has so far escaped relatively-unscathed by the tail of Cyclone Debbie. Christchurch is predicted...

Chris Lynch: When it comes to disasters, never rely on 'officials'

Thu, 06/04/2017 - 13:48
When I saw incredible images of Cyclone Debbie packing a sad across the North Island, I felt a bit guilty for thanking Mother Nature for spreading her anger across the country, and for once leaving Christchurch out - touch wood.I...

Cyclone Debbie tail end hits cliff below 2015's record-breaking $24m Herne Bay mansion

Thu, 06/04/2017 - 13:47
A cliff beneath a Herne Bay mansion which set 2015's national price record of $24 million has been damaged by the remnants of Cyclone Debbie.Ben Cook, who owns the Sentinel Rd waterfront house, said the storm had damaged a big tree...

Trapped Auckland motorists dig for freedom

Thu, 06/04/2017 - 13:08
Kawakawa Bay residents had to muck in this morning after a large slip from the Turei Hill smothered the main road.Jim and Rebekah Maddock pulled up to the scene about 7am from their nearby home, to find a long line of traffic. Up...

Kaikoura cut off after mudslides block highway

Thu, 06/04/2017 - 11:58
The embattled tourist town of Kaikoura remains cut off as Cyclone Debbie continues to bring chaos to the roads. State Highway One south of Kaikoura is likely to remain closed all day, the NZTA says. High volumes of rain caused...

'I'm not going anywhere soon,' says Edgecumbe local as town evacuates

Thu, 06/04/2017 - 11:41
A stopbank is all there is between Harry Street and disaster but the former contractor living just metres from the fast-flowing Whakatane River says he's staying put. For now.The feisty 71-year-old has spent the morning on his lawn...

Many Auckland roads closed due to flooding and slips

Thu, 06/04/2017 - 11:31
A number of Auckland roads are closed due to flooding and slips today.Roads across the Auckland region are closed or affected by flooding after torrential rain on Wednesday caused flooding and slips across the region. Traffic delays...

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