Cyclone Cook: rain-soaked New Zealand braces for ‘worst storm in decades’

Cyclone Cook is expected to take a direct hit on New Zealand by Thursday evening. The Bay of Plenty area in Auckland is already experiencing heavy flooded due to Cyclone Debbie that impacted the area last week. Two state of emergency’s have been declared for the Bay of Plenty and Thames-Coromandel districts, however, other areas are delaying a state of emergency declaration until they better know the severity of the storm. This is said to be the worst storm New Zealand has seen in decades and there are concerns that the people are not taking this threat as serious as needed. Power outages, storm surge, and extensive flooding are expected with winds up to 150 kph. Evacuations are already in place in low-lying areas on the East Coast of New Zealand.

4 thoughts on “Cyclone Cook: rain-soaked New Zealand braces for ‘worst storm in decades’

  1. It would appear that this tendency of local people refusing to heed the evacuation or shelter warnings isn’t just isolated to our own experience in the United States. It seems that every time a hurricane is forecasted, a decent percentage of people see it almost as a challenge instead of a threat. In the face of “the worst storm New Zealand has seen in decades,” this theme of unpreparedness and flippant attitudes holds true. Maybe it’s just ingrained in the human psyche. There aren’t many logical explanations for this behavior beyond nature.

  2. It’s estimated that already 10,000 households are without electricity. The link below is comprised of photo and video documentation of severe flooding. The strong winds uprooted a large amount of trees in the northern section of the country.

    Also, satellite imagery from NASA’s Aqua taken on April 11th shows that Cooh had been strongly affected by wind shear.

  3. I have to say I was really impressed with how the everyone handled the natural disaster. When we went into the possible precautions to take during many of these natural disasters, it appears that New Zealand really prepared its people well and was executed with enough time for people to get to safety. There were a few things in particular I thought was very smart: the use of public transportation to help evacuate people out of the city and shutting down schools, businesses and other offices. I hadn’t thought of the idea of using public transportation to get people evacuated but it is a really good job. The big busses and metro stations can hold a lot of people and often times go long distances. Another interesting thing they set in place were helicopter and rescue teams checking on the more rural areas regularly to make sure they were okay. In the article I read it sounds like they were prepared to stay put for over three days but it is also a very good idea to have rescue teams ready to check on them as another precaution.

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