A state of Emergency declared after Cyclone Cook, brews up a storm
Apr 13, Aukland: Heavy rain has caused concern in New Zealand's North Island as Cyclone Cook, hits the north-east of the country.
According to reports, a State of emergency have been declared in the Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Plenty, with landslips, flash flooding and downed power lines closing roads.Some coastal areas have been evacuated, with 5m (16 ft) waves, storm surges and 150km/h (90mph) winds forecast.
But Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, has been spared the worst.The storm made landfall in the Bay of Plenty at about 18:30 local time and is then expected to move to the South Island early on Friday.
The storm has been classified as an extra-tropical cyclone. That means it has changed into a different weather system as it approached to New Zealand, but has not necessarily weakened or been downgraded, according to New Zealand's MetService.Residents in the low-lying parts of the Coromandel were told to leave immediately.
The Oslo Times International News Network