Cyclone Cook, what s happening
Cyclone Cook, what's happening

CYCLONE COOK LASHES THE NORTH ISLAND:

* Cyclone Cook has made land in the North Island and is expected to bring winds of up to 150km; up to 50mm of rain is forecast to fall over some areas in the space of two hours

* There are dozens of reports of flooding, slips, downed trees and powerlines in the Thames-Coromandel District, Matamata, Tauranga, Whakatane and the wider Bay of Plenty

* Power has been cut to large parts of Whakatane, sections of Tauranga and a number of townships in the region; residents in Whakatane are being asked to conserve water

* The storm is now moving further south, causing flooding on SH1 in the Waikato, and numerous roads in the Hawke's Bay and Gisborne Gisborne regions

* More than 3000 homes across Hastings, Rotorua and Napier have lost electricity and Fire Service is receiving reports of wind damage to homes and lines in the Hawke's Bay

* Power is also out to parts of Gisborne, Wairoa and the East Coast

* Air New Zealand has cancelled all flights in and out of Rotorua, Tauranga, Hamilton, Blenheim, Nelson and Napier for the rest of the night

* Slips, flooding, and fallen trees and powerlines have forced the closures of parts of SH2, SH25, SH30, SH24, SH34

* The Defence Force has put 500 staff and aircraft and trucks on stand-by

* The storm is expected to move down towards Wellington by Friday morning

* Residents in low-lying areas of the Coromandel were advised to evacuate over fears of storm surge; a state of emergency has been declared by the Thames-Coromandel District Council

* Evacuations were ordered in parts of the coastal town of Ohope and all campgrounds on the western end of Whakatane District

* The weather system has passed east of Auckland, with earlier warnings in the city now downgraded.

NZ Newswire

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