Auckland residents told to cancel Easter plans. Met Service calls Cyclone Cook the worst storm “in generations.”
Trees uprooted, power lines down, and thousands bracing for evacuation
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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