MetService is warning ex-Tropical Cyclone Cook is a “very significant event” on Thursday and likely to bring widespread flooding, slips and wind damage. Gusts are expected to reach 150km/h as it moves down to Wellington by Friday morning.
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- The Far North is nearly cut off, as SH10 near Kaeo is closed due to flooding and SH1 is open to only one lane, NZTA says.
- Auckland Civil Defence is warning people to postpone travel on Thursday afternoon. Cook is expected to hit between noon and 6pm.
- NZTA warns the Harbour Bridge may close if winds get too dangerous.
- A state of emergency has been declared by the Thames-Coromandel District Council, and evacuations are underway in low-lying areas. Slips have closed SH25 between Thames and Coromandel township.
- Coromandel, eastern Bay of Plenty, Franklin, Great Barrier and Waiheke Island schools (94 in total) and early learning centres (130) are closed on Thursday.
- SH2 at Edgecumbe is closed because of flooding. Whakatāne district residents are ready to evacuate if it gets worse in the area.