Cyclone Cook: New Zealand bracing for worst storm since 1968 – Emergency services move to evacuate seaside towns

Strange Sounds – April 13, 2017

The tail wind of Cyclone Cook, which had killed one person this week in New Caledonia, was expected to make landfall in New Zealand’s North Island on Thursday evening.

Authorities warn conditions may be like those of 1968’s Cyclone Giselle which led to the Wahine disaster in 1968. Here a link to the current wind patterns around New Zealand.

The country’s meteorological service issued severe weather warnings for the upper North Island. Those on small islands off the coast may find themselves cut off.

Moreover, authorities warned of landslides, flooding and wind damage from 150kph gusts are expected.

Airlines warn of “significant disruptions” with flight delays and cancellations.

Seaside areas of the Coromandel Peninsula heve been evacuated and residents take shelter in Civil Defence centres.