Fiji Sun

Torrential rain, power outages as wild weather hits

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Torrential rain in the Gisborne area on Monday night has damaged roads and bridges and cut off a township.

The Waipaoa River has flooded in areas, cutting off the small town of Te Karaka.

And hundreds of homes were without power from the East Coast to Hawke’s Bay and Taranaki overnight as strong winds swept through the upper North Island. Logging debris hit a bridge on Tauwharepa­rae Road in the Tolaga Bay area that had been damaged in last week’s flooding, when a huge volume of logs washed down rivers and into the harbour.

Gisborne District Council civil defence and emergency manager Louise Bennett said Te Karaka residents still had power supplies and were in phone contact.

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