Cyclone Gabrielle strikes Auckland
As Cyclone Gabrielle approaches the coast of the nation, residents of Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand, and the surrounding area are being warned to prepare for more intense rain, flooding, and gale-force winds. Some homes are also being evacuated.
Cyclone Gabrielle strikes Auckland: Key Points
- Currently 200 kilometres (125 miles) northeast of Auckland, Gabrielle is expected to travel in close proximity to the east coast over the next 24 hours.
- This cyclone is the second significant weather event to recently affect Auckland and the upper North Island.
- Four people were killed by floods and unprecedented rainfall that pounded Auckland and the neighbouring areas last month.
- Chris Hipkins, the prime minister of New Zealand, announced a $7.25 million package for flood victims and community organisations such as food banks.
Cyclone Gabrielle: State of Emergency declared in Auckland
- At least six additional regions, including Auckland, have declared states of emergency. A century-old steel-framed tower in Auckland has forced the evacuation of about 50 flats out of concern for its stability.
- In anticipation of a storm surge that is anticipated for early Tuesday morning, more evacuation orders have been issued for coastal villages along the east coast.
- 46,000 households are without electricity, some areas have spotty mobile service, trees have fallen, and roofs have been pulled off.
- Ferries, buses, and trains have either been suspended from service or are now operating on a modified schedule, disrupting public transportation.
- 509 flights have been cancelled by Air New Zealand, but it has announced that operations will resume on Tuesday when the weather is predicted to improve.