WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
* Around 700 tourists are trapped in Haast. Police and the New Zealand Transport Authority are working to clear the road there and at Fox Glacier, where about 115 tourists are still stranded. They will remain stuck until the roads reopen.
* MetService says things are improving, but rain will remain for much of the country for a time on Friday. Nelson and the West Coast bore the brunt of Thursday’s bad weather, with Wellington blown about by 140kmh gusts that toppled trees and power lines and cancelled flights and ferry services.
* In Nelson, people evacuated from their homes and numerous roads were closed on Thursday.
* The West Coast was also battered with heavy rain and gales, which cut power to homes, closed schools and shut down Greymouth’s CBD. A state of emergency has been declared in Buller and Dunedin – Dunedin’s has been lifted but Buller’s still stands.
* In Christchurch on Thursday firefighters were fighting two fires in searing heat and windy conditions.
For more updates please visit: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/101066524/live-flooding-risk-as-stormy-weather-from-tropical-cyclone-hits-nz