New Zealand Bracing for Severe Storms as Ex Cyclone Cook approaches

IMG_0119New Zealand is bracing for what may be the worst storm since 1968, weather authorities say, as emergency services move to evacuate seaside towns and close schools, while warning residents to reconsider their Easter holiday plans.  The tail wind of Cyclone Cook, which had killed one person this week in New Caledonia, was expected to make landfall in New Zealand’s North Island on Thursday evening. The country’s meteorological service issued severe weather warnings for the upper North Island and warned of landslides, flooding and wind damage from gusts of up to 150 kilometres per hour. Emergency services are warning people to pay serious attention to the warnings, saying conditions may be similar to those experienced during Cyclone Giselle which led to the Wahine disaster in 1968. “We’re worried,” Whakatane district mayor Tony Bonne said on local radio……Read More

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Bright flashes and sonic booms reported above the North Island, New Zealand

http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com/2015/02/11/bright-flashes-and-sonic-booms-reported-fireball_over_new_zealand_feb112015_copyright_josh_sherborneBright lights and sonic booms in the night sky above North Island, New Zealand have been reported on February 11, 2015. The event, which illuminated the sky and later shook doors and windows, happened around 22:00 local time (09:00 UTC). Descriptions of the light ranged from white and orange to green and blue. Source: thewatchers