After hitting New Caledonia with strong winds and heavy rain, Tropical Cyclone “Cook” has undergone extratropical transition but what’s left of it is still very potent and is now moving toward New Zealand landfall. Over the past several weeks the country has already seen huge amounts of rain and is under a strong influence of a low which is moving west of the South Island, directing a moist and unsettled northeasterly airstream over New Zealand, ahead of the cyclone. MetService warns Ex-tropical Cyclone “Cook”

is expected to make landfall Thursday afternoon (local time) describing the event as ‘very significant and likely to produce widespread flooding, slips and wind damage.’ This is an extremely serious weather event, authorities warn. Do not take it lightly, put safety first. Heavy rain is now falling over parts of the country and is expected to continue into Thursday, April 13 when Ex-tropical Cyclone “Cook” is expected to make landfall over the Coromandel Peninsula or western Bay of Plenty, MetService warns. Cook is then expected to move southwards reaching Wellington in the early hours of Friday morning. READ MORE