As Cyclone Cook approaches, expected to hit Thursday 13th April, New Zealand is being warned to prepare for damaging gales, enormous storm and surges and widespread flooding.
Although the cyclone has been downgraded to an extra tropical low, it is still expected to have a significant impact and severe weather warnings have been issued in parts of the country.
The MetService has put out a heavy rain warning for Northland, Auckland, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Taupo, Waikato, Waitomo, Mt Taranaki, Tongariro NP, Buller, Nelson, Marlborough Sounds, Richmond and Bryant Ranges, North Otago, Dunedin and Clutha.
Auckland is already experiencing heavy rain and there have been several reports of flooding around the city.
Aucklanders are advised to reconsider travel plans and warned to expect gusts of 140km/h and possible disruptions to transport, particularly ferries and flights, tomorrow.