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Severe Tropical Cyclone Ita

17 April 2014

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...


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