New Zealand Hit By Cyclone Cook

New Zealand Hit By Cyclone Cook

An approaching cyclone prompted New Zealand to declare regional states of emergency, evacuate coastal areas and close airports and schools on Thursday.

The Giselle cyclone destroyed a ferry and killed 53.

The storm - expected to bring torrential rain and winds gusting at up to 150km/h (93mph) - has been classified as an extra-tropical cyclone.

Authorities had feared the storm could hit the city and cause major problems.

The most important airline Air New Zealand canceled most of their flights, while the army was mobilized by the government to protect and rescue.

More than 1000 homes have lost power across the Bay of Plenty, according to Powerco, with Whakatane District Council reporting multiple trees blown over.

Civil Defence's Sarah Stuart-Black, says non-essential travel is not advised in the aftermath of ex-tropical Cyclone Cook.

Cook made landfall over the Bay of Plenty at six thirty pm local time and is expected to move on to South Island on Friday.

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They have also warned that it is a "really tightly packed cyclone" that will bring a "phenomenal" amount of rain and wind, reported The New Zealand Herald, compared to Cyclone Debbie which was more spread out.

Last week following Cyclone Debbie, the town of Edgecumbe was flooded when a river burst through a concrete levee on the Rangitaiki River.

It is harvest season, with a number of orchards having to delay harvest last week due to flooding, and further delays expected.

"We are just seeing the fringes of the weather event, and we still have two more days to go".

"There are still floodwaters, there will be challenges in terms of access to those areas, and with power down, it also means that water and waste water could be affected as well", she said.

"We will now be looking to identify any additional orchards that have been severely impacted by Cyclone Cook", Johnson said.

"The increased chance of additional flooding from further rain would make this task more hard".

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