Cyclone Cook - where did it go?
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.