Cyclone Cook: Evacuations as Huge Storm Lashes North New Zealand
13 Apr 2017 - 16:45
Wellington: Heavy rain is lashing New Zealand's North Island as Cyclone Cook, called the worst storm in decades, makes landfall in the north-east.
States of emergency have been declared in the Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Plenty, with landslips, flash flooding and downed power lines closing roads.
Some coastal areas have been evacuated, and local media say 15,000 homes are without power.
But Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, has been spared the worst.
Cyclone Cook killed one person when it swept through the Pacific islands of New Caledonia earlier this week.
Forecasters have been warning of 5m (16ft) waves, storm surges and 150km/h (90mph) winds.