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.