New Zealand braces for ‘worst storm in decades”

Auckland residents told to cancel Easter plans. Met Service calls Cyclone Cook the worst storm “in generations.”

Satellite images taken on Tuesday show cyclone approaching New Zealand (in outline) – © EPA / Nasa

Trees uprooted, power lines down, and thousands bracing for evacuation

Cyclone Cook is bearing down on New Zealand and is expected to make landfall on Thursday evening, heading directly for the flood-stricken Bay of Plenty region devastated by last week’s Cyclone Debbie.

Two states of emergency have been declared, with more districts expected to make that call mid-afternoon when the ferocity of the storm becomes clear.

Forecasters are comparing the storm to 1968’s Cyclone Giselle, which sunk the Wahine ferry, killing 52 people.

“This is not an event to be taken lightly,” said MetService meteorologist Lisa Murray. “Prepare for loss of power and isolation due to road closures.”

What is the difference between a hurricane, a cyclone, and a typhoon? There is no difference.

According to NOAA, hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons are all the same weather phenomenon; we just use different names for these storms in different places. In the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific, the term “hurricane” is used. The same type of disturbance in the Northwest Pacific is called a “typhoon” and “cyclones” occur in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean.

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6 thoughts on “New Zealand braces for ‘worst storm in decades””

  1. There’s a HUGE difference between hurricanes in the North Atlantic and cyclones in the south Pacific – they rotate in opposite directions! But seriously, I hope the storm does little additional damage. Getting hit with one storm is bad enough.

  2. Cyclone? What cyclone? Oh, that little nor’easter puff of wind, formerly known as ex-cyclone Cook, which blew down some power poles (which should have been buried underground long ago) and created a few puddles (due to ill-maintained drainage and people’s desire to live on flood-plains or sandspits). After all the media hyperbole, at least people got to know their neighbours as they congregated in town / sports / school halls Thursday night. Some of us went surfing and had EPIC rides.

    Below is an update from Easter Friday: “All weather warnings associated with Cyclone Cook have been lifted as the storm moves southward.” A lot of tree debris and mud slides on roads, power still out in places, a few soggy carpets, no deaths.

  3. Will there be a review and a comparison with the wiahini disaster storm, gesiel? Nope, the mainstream media propangda outlets just move on to the next agenda topic.

    The current ‘we did it’ narration is that the extreme coral bleaching is due to hot seas that were caused by co2.
    Now this is a tricky topic to pursue as it blatantly obviously is a natural phenomena, yet they unashamedly continue. It is like they have a license to make anything up that fits the AGW narrative.

    • Wahine is the correction. An inter islander ship that capsized in the 1968 storm with the loss of 50 lives in Wellington harbour. The seas were that rough that they could not launch rescue boats inside the port Nicholson harbour. Mind you I used to sail in that harbour, and on an otherwise warm day it was mostly cold and choppy in the middle. I recall that system was all over the country. Cook was a small fast moving core. Nothing like 1968, yet the dishonest main stream media refuse to apologise. The main stream media is a pure propaganda outlet.

  4. Good luck. Stay safe.
    Make sure you take care of your oldsters and those that can’t look after themselves.

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