Bad weather continues

It was very wet in the North Island with sever flooding in several places, particularly bad in Edgecumbe.

This week has become very wet from one weather system – it rained all day in Dunedin yesterday clocking up about two inches (52.5 mm) and it’s still raining with no respite forecast for another day and a half.

And the forecast is worse for the North Island as the remnants of tropical cyclone Cook tracks south.

There has been warnings the storm that’s approaching could be as bad as the Wahine storm in 1968 – Cyclone Cook approaches New Zealand, bringing ‘worst storm’ since 1968

A low-pressure system followed by the tail end of the cyclone is due to bring rain and gales to large parts of the country until Friday. A severe weather warning is in place.

The Thames-Coromandel District has declared a civil defence emergency ahead of the storm, and warned holidaymakers to stay away for the next few days.

In Bay of Plenty, a state of emergency extends from the Whakatāne District to the entire region.

The Ministry of Education advised 94 schools and 130 early learning centres to close tomorrow. The affected areas are: Eastern Bay of Plenty, Franklin, Great Barrier Island, Waiheke Island, Thames and Coromandel.

MetService warned some areas could experience up to 250mm of rain in the 48 hours from midday Wednesday, gusts of 150km/h or more, large waves in excess of 5m and storm surges.

Also from RNZ: LIVE: Cyclone Cook heads towards NZ

Cyclone Cook is bringing what has been called the worst storm to hit New Zealand since the 1968 Wahine disaster, just a week after Edgecumbe flooded.

Check our summary of what you need to know.

The MetService 5 day rain forecast shows how the storm is expected to track right down the middle of the North Island and down the east coast of the South Island through Thursday and Friday.

The weather prospects for Easter don’t look flash.

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45 Comments

  1. Reply
    • Gezza

       /  April 13, 2017

      If this is down to global I warming blame China for this. Apparently they created it to destroy US manufacturing. If his latest press coference is anything to go by Trump has probably just told Xi to stop it.

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  2. Pickled Possum

     /  April 13, 2017

    ‘The Far North is now temporarily inaccessible’
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11837558

    Yaaaaa a day by the fire and hot girdle date scones.
    With not chance of an electrical outage.
    Solar and wind mill might have to be assisted by the genni today.
    Oh dear all those peeps in Auckland that rely on the power company.
    Cyclone Cook come to destroy some roads that have just been prepared for sealing …
    Oh Dear ;-(

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  April 13, 2017

      Actually it wasn’t at all bad here this morning, Possum. Dogs got a run from the gate to the cabins and I spent 3 hours out there getting them cleaned up for Easter guests. Only one small slip on the back road going out there. Medium-light rain now but no wind. Guests next door just left but I’m resting up after bacon egg tomato on toast and a good coffee. All’s well.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  April 13, 2017

        We’ve had rain but little wind in the Waikato-the rain has been steady and heavyish at times, beginning mid-afternoon, but not a ‘monsoon’ so far.

        It’s nice that the dogs are cleaned up for the Easter guests, Alan.

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  3. Zedd

     /  April 13, 2017

    I just heard this comment on TV ‘This is the angry face of climate change’ BUT still the ‘naysayers’ stick their heads in the sand or elsewhere

    just keeping ‘eyes on the skies’ 😦

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    • Zedd

       /  April 13, 2017

      to those who say ‘its just part of a normal cycle etc.’
      well.. 2 years ago I heard the flooding in Sth D was supposedly a ‘one in 100 year event’ OH REALLY.. wait & see folks.. ‘the times they ARE a-changin’ & the facts are on TV’ 😦 😦 😦

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  April 13, 2017

        Zedd, where did the “one in 100” come from? That’s right, someone’s model. Treat it with the scepticism it deserves. And check the drains – most likely their design and maintenance is crap and caused the flooding. Just like Edgecumbe, and our own one here a decade ago which flooded our gallery building and was caused by a council cock-up later discovered to have been from drilling a sewer pipe through their own storm water drain and blocking it almost completely.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  April 13, 2017

      What drivel, Zedd. If this is the angry face of climate change where has it been since in last appeared in 1968?

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      • Zedd

         /  April 13, 2017

        @AW

        Climate change (by many accounts) is not something that has just occurred since 2001.. its been intensifying over the last century, spec. since the massive increase in industrialisation & use of fossil fuels, that has gone through the roof, since much of the ‘developing world’ has started to catch up to ‘the west’.

        Methinks looking for excuses to ‘deny it’ or just sticking your head in.. & will not make it magically go away. We need to jointly accept that it is happening & start looking for/implementing solutions ASAP

        BUT If Mr T has his way.. things will only get worse, as he/his cronies hide in their ‘Ivory towers’ (up above the noise & confusion).. just saying 😦

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        • Zedd

           /  April 13, 2017

          btw Alan

          I recently saw an excerpt from an TV doco ‘Ice-road truckers (?)’. They showed a truck driver, going across sea-ice in Alaska. This area has been used for decades, as a ‘highway’. They showed huge areas are now, getting pools of water (when previously, it was frozen solid). The driver jumped out of his truck (in panic), as it crashed through the ice & sank. He said he had driven that track for a couple of decades & had never seen it like that, until the last few years… ‘no evidence of climate change’ Oh Really ?

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          • Zedd

             /  April 13, 2017

            OR; more Drivel from the ‘loony left’ ? 😦

            …go on say it Alan

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  April 13, 2017

            Of course there is evidence of climate change, particularly in the Arctic. But it is modest. The Arctic itself has a massive sea-ice variation winter/summer and is sensitive to wind and sea patterns. I bet that trucker could never take that route in summer anyway and he needed to be aware of the weather pattern especially in a severe El Nino year.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 13, 2017

              Weather changes, we have long, hot summers and wet ones, pleasantly mild winters and cold. wet ones. Nobody is denying that. What they are denying is the extent (now known to be greatly exaggerated) of global warming and the cause.

              I have only seen a little bit of Ice Road Truckers if I turn the television on a few minutes before the news, and find it very dull-people driving along saying where they are to other people by phone or driving into a depot and having coffee.

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  April 13, 2017

    Weather is a tad damp but no wind in the winter-less north. Cyclone is due east of us now according to windmap: https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-187.88,-40.00,1613/loc=-167.809,-38.670

    11:40 am.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  April 13, 2017

      No wind, no rain in the north. Bit of a damp squib, Cyclone Cook. Not the kind of weather I had to wire down the roof bearers at Bland Bay for. If this is climate change it’s getting better.

      2:15 pm

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      • Gezza

         /  April 13, 2017

        We’ve had a wind change to one of a Southerly persuasion, but tbh I’m expecting the earlier forecast of potentially destructive gales to be a damp squid. Possibly Xi has put a stop to it.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  April 13, 2017

          Seems to have slowed down. A bit of breeze here but nothing much. Hasn’t disturbed the two wood pigeons sitting in the dead tree outside my window:

          https://1drv.ms/i/s!AuhKWHlH5hzQhLR227v9k6lQIui4wQ

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  April 13, 2017

            Looks like the wind has intensified out at sea off Coromandel though as it has become slower moving.

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          • Gezza

             /  April 13, 2017

            Those two look worried to me, Al

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  April 13, 2017

              According to my wife it was the female looking worried because the male was in hot pursuit.

            • Gezza

               /  April 13, 2017

              She could be right. Pooky’s been on the make with Bluebelle all week, & Gerry & Judes were at in the water this morning.

        • Pete Kane

           /  April 13, 2017

          ‘Full English Mist’ here in Kelburn G. Can just make out light above Glenmore.

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          • Gezza

             /  April 13, 2017

            Yep. Pooks reckons he can see it from here if he stands on one leg, Pete.

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            • Brown

               /  April 13, 2017

              Shoot the darned thing. Even bird lovers hate them and for good reason.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  April 13, 2017

              Looks to me like you have a clear shot there G. Talk us through your weapon of choice

            • Gezza

               /  April 13, 2017

              Best cat alarm I’ve ever had c.

            • Gezza

               /  April 13, 2017

              One of God’s creatures Brown. ☯ 😇

            • Pickled Possum

               /  April 13, 2017

              Awww Pooky is So Regal, What a Beasty Beauti … don’t listen to all the shooting talk bro that bird has a fine chest of blue purple mixed colour plumage, that is hard to reproduce/match.
              Gods creatures are always getting the ruff end. didincha know 😉

            • Gezza

               /  April 13, 2017

              I am getting a bit cheesed off with Pooky telling me *put that light out!* when go into the kitchen after dark. I don’t really like his tone.

            • Blazer

               /  April 13, 2017

          • Gezza

             /  April 13, 2017

            Got a bit pluvial in North Welly now
            1719 hours.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 13, 2017

              He must have been one of those wardens who went around in the war shouting at people to TURN THAT LIGHT OUT ! in another existence.

              Pooks may be be pests, but they are beautiful, funny pests and one may as well love them-they do nothing like the harm that possums do.

            • Gezza

               /  April 13, 2017

              I think he’s possibly a bit worried his te noho whare might be visible with the light. I go out sometimes & chat to him in the darkness across the stream, telling him ya can’t even see it in daylight so no worries there. We have a few peeps, eeks, iks & uk-eeks & he generally settles down.

  5. Zedd

     /  April 13, 2017

    just watched the debate on ‘Members notice of motion #1’ led by Dr Kennedy Graham, on climate change. It had unanimous, cross party support (even D Seymour seemed ‘on board’ with most of the ideas) WOW !!

    Cometh the man, cometh the hour.. Congrats to all parties, BUT esp. Dr Graham & the Greens for pushing it forward, on this day. Its not too late to make changes 🙂

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  6. Pete Kane

     /  April 13, 2017

    just following from z’s comments Alan W, your family and the Grahams may have all been at ChCh Boys at various, but similar times together?

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  April 13, 2017

      The only Graham I recall there was John teaching before he went to Auckland Grammar.

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  7. patupaiarehe

     /  April 13, 2017

    Things are starting to ‘crank up’ here. Wind is picking up, the rain is constant, and we’ve had 3 power ‘brownouts’, in the past 5 minutes.

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    • patupaiarehe

       /  April 13, 2017

      That turned out well! A bit of rain & a breeze. Pfft!

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      • Gezza

         /  April 13, 2017

        They don’t make them like they used to Patu.

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        • patupaiarehe

           /  April 13, 2017

          We seem to have just caught ‘the edge of it’, in the city. Judging by the metservice rain radar, the kaimais copped it far more than we did.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  April 13, 2017

          That is definitely the parents’ fault.

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          • patupaiarehe

             /  April 13, 2017

            So nothing exciting happening in the Waikato either then Kitty?

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 14, 2017

              Quite a bit of steady rain, but-I would think-not as much as the last lot we had. It wasn’t tipping down, anyway. I was out in it, and my skirt was soaked where my raincoat didn’t cover it. But it wasn’t that monsoon type that we had a few weeks ago. There wasn’t much wind, the trees were hardly moving.

              The sun’s out & I have doors and windows open.

              I came out in the night to find a frog spreadeagled on the glass front door (this is clear glass) I took two photos and one of it on the step which isn’t so good.

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