(ETH) – A freak “once-in-500-year” storm just struck New Zealand’s Northland after an unusual interaction between two low-pressure zones caused intense storms on July 17th. According to a report from the Watchers, stated that the worst affected was Whangarei, where emergency services responded to more than 220 calls.



“This is just diabolical for our people. We’ve gone from drought to dealing with a 1 in 500-year event. Unbelievable,” Whangārei Mayor Sheryl Mai said. According to the report, the storm dropped 8.6 inches of rain on Whangarei and was deemed “greater-than-500-year return period,’

The worst of the storm produced 1.9 inches per hour. Several gauges exceeded 9.8 inches of rain in 24 hours, including over 5.9 inches in just 4 hours at Whangarei Aero and 2.2 inches at Kaikohe in just 1 hour. Whangarei officially recorded its wettest July hour on record between 20:00 and 21:00 LT on July 17, with 1.5 inches.

Ricky Scaparo is the pastor and founder of the international ministry End Time Headlines. A ministry that provides resources to equip believers and to inform the discerning of the signs and seasons in which we live. His mission is to inform his readers and viewers of prophetic events and how they are unfolding before our very eyes through news and headlines presented from a prophetic perspective in light of the Holy Bible.