Severe wind, rain and snow caused flight disruptions, road closures and power outages across New Zealand on Thursday 13th July, when the South Pacific island nation was hit by a storm carrying gales of up to 160 km an hour (100 mph).
The southerly gales hit the capital, Wellington, as the storm moved north towards Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. Several highways were shut and ferries that travel across the Cook Strait between the North and South islands were suspended because of towering waves.
Meteorologist Tom Adams said on the New Zealand meteorological service’s website:
“Damaging southerly winds continue until tonight … before gradually easing tomorrow morning,”