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New Zealand: Rainstorm Cook

Flooding, damaging winds from Rainstorm Cook to batter New Zealand into Thursday night

Flooding and damaging winds will lash the North Island and parts of the South Island of New Zealand into Thursday night as Tropical Rainstorm Cook barrels across the country.

Flooding from former Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie caused significant damage last week and has left many communities at a higher risk for flooding from Cook.

Heavy rain began to fall across the North Island on Wednesday, well in advance of Cook, which is not expected to make landfall until Thursday afternoon near Tauranga.

Most of Cook’s moisture will be drawn across the North Island resulting in 100-200 mm (4-8 inches) of rain across a large swath of the island. Even areas that receive just a glancing blow from Cook could receive in excess of 50 mm (2 inches) of rain.