The remnants of Severe Tropical Cyclone Ita has brought
heavy rainfall and strong winds to New Zealand, causing
flooding, building damage, and power outages. Having recently
impacted the northeast Queensland coast on Friday 11 April and
throughout the weekend as a tropical cyclone, Ita re-entered
the Coral Sea and transitioned to an extra-tropical cyclone.
The remnants of the system has brought strong wind gusts of
over 65 mph (100 km/hr) to New Zealand, which has caused power
cuts to approximately 25,000 people across the North Island,
according to the power company, Powerco. Approximately 10,000
of these power cuts occurred in the southern Manawatu District
and 7,000 occurred in the northern Tauranga District and around
the Bay of Plenty. As of 09:00 UTC on Thursday 17 April,
approximately 6,000 people remain without power in the North
Island. The city of Auckland (population ~ 1.5 million)
experienced rainfall of 2 in (45...