Kiwis brace for 2nd major storm in just over a week

2017-04-13 09:47
Jet boats drive through the flooded streets of the North Island town of Edgecumbe in New Zealand. (Andrew Warner, The Bay of Plenty Times via AP)

Jet boats drive through the flooded streets of the North Island town of Edgecumbe in New Zealand. (Andrew Warner, The Bay of Plenty Times via AP)

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Wellington - New Zealanders on Thursday were bracing for a second major storm in just over a week as the remnants of Cyclone Cook bore down on the South Pacific nation.

Civil defence authorities advised people in low-lying areas on the North Island's Coromandel Peninsula to evacuate to higher ground. Air New Zealand suspended flights from Tauranga Airport and the military placed 500 troops on standby.

The storm appeared to be skirting the main city of Auckland, where authorities had earlier worried it could cause major problems. Authorities were advising people in Auckland to avoid travelling out of the city if they could avoid it.

The worst of the weather was expected to hit Thursday afternoon through Friday night. The path of the storm included the Coromandel and the Bay of Plenty regions.

The MetService weather agency predicted rainfall could exceed 100mm in some places and cause more flooding in areas still recovering from heavy rainfall last week.

Last Thursday the town of Edgecumbe was flooded when a river burst through a concrete levee on the Rangitaiki River as the remnants of Cyclone Debbie hit. The water forced 2 000 people to evacuate and flooded hundreds of homes.

Many people have been unable to return to their homes since then and authorities have been scrambling to shore up the breached levee. The system will be tested again by the latest storm.

MetService predicted winds from the storm could gust to 150km/h and waves rise to over 5m. 

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