Dear partners and colleagues,
Cyclone Cook is expected to reach the North Island by Thursday 13th of April afternoon, bringing heavy rain and gales to most parts of the country.
Significant rain is already causing flooding in areas of Auckland, Waikato, Coromandel and the top of the South Island. Coromandel and Bay of Plenty are set to be hit the hardest. Both places have declared states of emergency, and people in low-lying areas on the Coromandel Peninsula are advised to self-evacuate.
Update Thursday 13/04/17:
- 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 Transport say huge disruptions are likely this afternoon, and are urging those who work in the central city to consider staying home. NZTA warns the Harbour Bridge may close if winds get too dangerous.
- Auckland Civil Defence is warning people to postpone travel on Thursday afternoon. Cook is expected to hit between noon and 6pm.
- A civil defence emergency has been declared in Thames-Coromandel, where over a hundred slips overnight have closed roads and homes are already flooded. Some low-lying areas have reportedly been evacuated.
- Slips have closed SH25 between Thames and Coromandel township.
- People were advised to avoid visiting the Coromandel until at least Saturday, and if people decided to make the trip, they should be prepared to turn back.
Bay of Plenty:
- The Bay of Plenty has upgraded its state of emergency. Up to 300mm of rain is forecast to hit the already-sodden area.
- SH2 at Edgecumbe is closed because of flooding. Whakatāne district residents are ready to evacuate if it gets worse in the area.
Flights are expected to be delayed and cancelled, and Air New Zealand warns of “significant disruption” to North Island, Nelson and Blenheim services, and travellers should check their flight status online.
While disruptions of this nature are uncontrollable, we do appreciate they can cause significant inconvenience. We would like to thank you for your patience and understanding throughout this time.
For weather updates visit www.metservice.com.
If you are planning to travel for the Easter holidays, they recommend you consider delaying your travel for a few days as the weather should improve from Saturday onwards. Keep up to date with the latest road and weather information on the NZTA website http://www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic.
Follow the instructions of Civil Defence and emergency services. For local updates follow the Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bopcivildefence or visit the Bay of Plenty Civil Defence website at www.bopcivildefence.govt.nz
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If you and your clients have any queries or concerns about their current New Zealand plans, please advise them to phone our Emergency Phone +64 27 209 2323 for assistance.
Your APTC New Zealand Team