Hurricane Cook ten-strikes New Zealand, felling trees and making ability lacks

Published in Odd and Fun on 15th December 2017

Warnings remain in place for Bay of Plenty region as tornado bypass Auckland but is expected over South Island on Friday

Cyclone Cook has struck New Zealand with ability outages, fallen trees and avalanches reported around much of the central and east North Island, which stood the brunt of the storm.

Cook, which forecasters feared “couldve been” the most difficult whirlwind to strike New Zealand in decades, manufactured landfall just after 6pm local day but by then many coastal villages were vacated as five-metre grows combined with high tide and smashed against the deserted shoreline.

Although a few rogue spectators gallanted the elements to gape at the furiou surf, most tenants seemed to heed civil excuse notifications and had moved to higher sand hours before.

Schools and roles closed in Auckland at about lunchtime as civil defense staff counselled occupants to leave the city immediately and remain at home.

Extra public transport was laid on for the thousands of parties escaping the city. By late afternoon, however, the MetService said Cook had just bypassed New Zealands largest and most populated municipality, and the weather forewarn was dropped.

Further south in the Coromandel and Bay of Plenty regions, capability abides out in tens of thousands of homes, and gale-force jazzs have been reported.

Last week, the tail-end of cyclone Debbie destroyed the Bay of Plenty town of Edgecumbe, pushing its 2,000 occupants to abscond with only a few minutes warning.

Although flooding on Thursday was less severe than anticipated, hundreds of trees have descended, and police said numerous roads had been closed in the North Island.

Many rural communities on the east coast have prepared to be lop off for up to three days, and have laid in plies of emergency meat and survival gear to wait out the tornado. Helicopters and disaster crews would set out at first light to check on isolated farms and communities, civil apology said.

States of emergency remain in place in Bay of Plenty and Thames-Coromandel, with the defence force assisting in moving residents to higher dirt and remaining people away from the coast.

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In coastal Whakatane, in the badly stumbled Bay of Plenty, Tautini Hahipene was sheltering at home with his family and had had no strength for several hours.

Despite it being the most difficult tornado he had known, Hahipene said he sense well prepared after periods of alerts from forecasters, and after assisting with the rescue of inhabitants from submerge Edgecumbe last week.

Heard lots of loud cracking just now, thatll be trees falling, said Hahipene, via Facebook chat. The blizzard is what everyone expected. Our township was evacuated at 4:30 pm today. There is likely to be parties afraid of winds plus more possible flooding, but we are up a mound and well protected. We are checking on neighbours with lamps and thumbs up.

Flooding in Auckland as Cyclone Cook moves down the two countries. Photo: Phil Walter/ Getty

In the worst affected areas, the thousands of Kiwis were taking shelter in welfare centres. At the Whakatane Red Cross centre, about 100 parties were biding the night, said Lauren Hayes, a communications adviser for the Red Cross.

People have been arriving here since this afternoon and have all settled in here for the night, she contributed. Earlier on beings were having dinner, playing placards and chitchatting, but now most have settled into bed. The power is still out here but Red Cross has generators set up to provide some light.

Cook is expected to move over the South Island on Friday and should move offshore by the weekend.

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