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Photos: Cyclone Gita causes devastation across New Zealand

1 hour 58 min ago
Photos taken from across New Zealand reveal the devastation caused by Cyclone Gita.

Cyclone Gita: Drone footage captures several huge slips on Takaka Hill

2 hours 37 min ago
Incredible drone footage, supplied to the Herald by James Thomas, captures a number of huge slips on Takaka Hill blocking the winding road.The footage scans State Highway 6 between Riwaka and Takaka, revealing slips, flooding...

Cyclone Gita: Takaka firefighters rescue tourists in rising waters

2 hours 43 min ago
Despite the road "running like a river", the Takaka Volunteer Fire brigade managed to get tourists stranded by rising waters to safety from the Takaka Valley."It has been one hell of a storm," volunteer firefighter and Upper Takaka...

Cyclone Gita: More than 15,000 properties in Taranaki still without power

3 hours 7 min ago
Extra crews have been brought in to restore power to more than 15,700 homes in hard-hit Taranaki in Gita's wake.Gale-force winds gusting above 130km/h knocked out power for more than 20,000 homes in the region last night, when local...

Watch: Did TVNZ reporter drop the A-bomb after weather report?

6 hours 21 min ago
A TVNZ reporter ended an interview about the weather with a spray of his own – dropping the A-bomb on live television. TVNZ reporter Sam Clarke was taking part in a live cross from Westport for 1 News Tonight last night. He had...

Cyclone Gita road closures: State Highway 1 at Pukerua, Paekakariki shut

7 hours 13 min ago
The main highway into Wellington is damaged after Cyclone Gita whipped up waves that crashed across the road.Motorists are already facing heavy delays and southbound traffic into the capital is backed up as far as Raumati.State...

Cyclone Gita: Taranaki pounded by gale-force winds that uprooted trees

7 hours 31 min ago
Taranaki copped a fearsome pounding overnight - battered by gale-force winds gusting above 130km/h that knocked out power for more than 20,000 homes.Residents are waking this morning to survey the damage wrought by the fearsome...

Cyclone Gita: Storm splits in two, rain, strong winds lash South Island

7 hours 40 min ago
The country has been ravaged by former Cyclone Gita, which brought 15m waves, more than 300mm of rain, and wind gusts above 130km/h - and it is not over yet. The system has split in two - caught up by the Southern Alps - and the...

Cyclone Gita: Tasman power outages, state highway 'severely' damaged

7 hours 52 min ago
Taranaki and Tasman, followed by the West Coast of the South Island, have been hardest hit by ex-cyclone Gita.Fire and Emergency received more than 400 weather-related calls yesterday between 2pm and midnight.Communications advisor...

Cyclone Gita: Flooding highest we've ever seen, say frightened Nelson Tasman locals

8 hours 6 min ago
Rivers burst their banks and locals fled their homes as a deluge from Cyclone Gita caused flooding across the Nelson Tasman region last night.A state of emergency was declared after severe flooding in Takaka and Riwaka.Daniel...

Cyclone Gita: State of Emergency declared across South Island as storm makes her mark

8 hours 6 min ago
As ex-cyclone Gita made landfall in New Zealand roads around the country were closed, states of emergency were declared and people stranded on roofs and in cars amidst rapidly rising floodwaters.Last night about 100 tourists were...

Cyclone Gita: Greymouth residents tells of powerful storm as fences ripped out and roof peeled

13 hours 14 min ago
Winds that peeled away at a roof, pulled out fences and pulled of garage doors showed the true power of Cyclone Gita in Greymouth on Tuesday night.All the while an elderly woman in Cobden sits in her home with her rain jacket on,...

Gita's blast brings blackouts across Whanganui region

Tue, 20/02/2018 - 22:58
There were power outages across the Whanganui region Tuesday evening as Cyclone Gita blew through.South Taranaki suffered particularly badly with more than 2500 properties in Patea losing power early evening, and it may be late...

Cyclone Gita: Your region-by-region weather forecast for Wednesday

Tue, 20/02/2018 - 22:57
Cyclone Gita is moving southeast across the upper South Island and the lower North Island.It has brought swells of more than 7m, flooding and winds in excess of 120km/h across several parts of New Zealand and led to seven districts...

Cyclone Gita: Woman in car swept away in Riwaka floodwaters; people left stranded on roof of house

Tue, 20/02/2018 - 19:43
A woman was reportedly swept away in her car in Riwaka as flooding left people stranded on the roof of their house.As the New Zealand Herald attempted to reach Riwaka, a police officer stopped the car and said the area was cut...

Cyclone Gita: Your region-by-region weather forecast

Tue, 20/02/2018 - 16:42
Cyclone Gita is barrelling towards NZ and is due to make landfall this afternoon.The former tropical cyclone may be divided by the Southern Alps – sending the main storm over Banks Peninsula and a second, smaller storm towards the...

Cyclone Gita: State of emergency declared in Christchurch

Tue, 20/02/2018 - 15:56
Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has declared a State of emergency for Christchurch City, which includes Banks Peninsula, due to the impacts of ex-tropical Cyclone Gita.Latest forecasts show the region is set for heavy rain and...

Cyclone Gita: West Coast towns brace for impact in eye of storm

Tue, 20/02/2018 - 14:44
The West Coast is heading into lockdown this afternoon as ex-tropical Cyclone Gita bears down, with fearsome winds putting residents on edge.The region's mayors met with Civil Defence twice this morning but delayed declaring a state...

Cyclone Gita: West Coast town Granity preparing for round two

Tue, 20/02/2018 - 13:39
Three weeks ago the storm surge with former cyclone Fehi swamped Phil Perrott's property in Granity, threatening the buildings. The full house of guests at the hotel, restaurant and bar in the tiny West Coast town had to leave,...

Cyclone Gita: Why it is speeding up as it approaches New Zealand

Tue, 20/02/2018 - 13:11
Ex-cyclone Gita is gaining momentum as it moves towards New Zealand, and is likely to split in two as it moves nto a climate quite different from the one in which it formed. The storm is barrelling towards New Zealand and is expected...

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