Cy­clone Cook - where did it go?

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This week New Zealand was vis­ited by a low from the Tas­man Sea closely fol­lowed by Cy­clone Cook from the Trop­ics, bring­ing rain and wind to al­ready sat­u­rated, sod­den re­gions.

While South Waikato avoided the worst of the weather there was sur­face flood­ing, swollen rivers and slips clos­ing roads in the Coro­man­del Penin­sula, Bay of Plenty, Gis­borne and Hawkes Bay.

Rain­fall amounts topped out at 350mm over 60 hours in parts of north­west Nel­son.

Coro­man­del Penin­sula recorded over 200mm of rain­fall and the Kaimai Ranges re­ceived be­tween 150 and 200mm. Be­tween 30 and 50mm of rain was com­mon­place else­where.

Weather sta­tions recorded wind gusts of 209km/h at White Is­land and 100km/h at Whakatane – mo­ments be­fore the weather sta­tion lost power just prior to Cy­clone Cook mak­ing land­fall.

Tau­ranga re­ported 90km/h, Cape Kid­nap­pers 154km/h and Castle­point 114km/h.

A sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of trees were up­rooted con­tribut­ing to the wide­spread power ou­tages and prop­erty dam­age.

Auck­land ex­pe­ri­enced a lucky es­cape from the cy­clone, while oth­ers in the Bay of Plenty, Gis­borne and Hawkes Bay bore the brunt of the storm.

Christchurch ex­pe­ri­enced the tail end of Cook, with Marl­bor­ough and Can­ter­bury re­ceiv­ing be­tween 30 and 50mm of rain­fall.

Higher amounts were recorded across Banks Penin­sula, with re­ports of the Heath­cote River spilling its banks, along with sur­face flood­ing in other places.

Ad­vanced warn­ing of this event and its pos­si­ble im­pacts en­abled res­i­dents to take the nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions and pre­pare for the worst-case sce­nario, Met­ser­vice re­ported.

About 600 homes across the Gis­borne Tairawhiti re­gion lost power.

Heavy rain on al­ready sat­u­rated ground has caused headaches for East­ern Waikato farm­ers.

The Wai­hou and Piako Rivers reached record height lev­els in the Hau­raki and Mata­mata-piako Dis­trict and record flows con­tin­ued into this week.

Hau­raki Dis­trict Mayor John Tregidga said farms bor­der­ing the Kop­u­atai Peat Dome in Pate­tonga, Kai­here, Spring­dale and Ot­way ar­eas haven’t had that type of pond­ing be­fore.

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