Storm pummels New Zealand's North Island, leaving thousands without power

From Reuters - January 4, 2018

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A huge storm battered New Zealands North Island on Friday,leaving tens of thousands of homes without power and forcing evacuations in low-lying areas.

The countys official meteorology service said the storm, which began on Thursday, would continue to cause havoc as it moved south towards the capital, Wellington.

New Zealands largest city, Auckland, was pummeled by two months worth of rain in 24 hours, according to the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, prompting authorities to shut major roads and cancel ferry services.

In Kaiaua, a seaside town south of Auckland, local authorities called for residents to immediately evacuate on Friday morning as strong tides submerged land along the coast.

Winds of up to 128 kilometers (79.5 miles) an hour tore off roofs, felled trees and ripped boats from their moorings overnight, according to local media.


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