Thousands of homes in New Zealand were without power and flights were grounded today as a tropical storm lashed the north of the country.
Emergency management minister Kieran McAnulty said it would be a “critical day” due to the “highly dangerous” combination of high winds and heavy rain.
Although the storm has weakened from its previous cyclone status, it has already toppled trees, damaged roads and downed power lines.
It was gathered that a state of emergency has been declared in five northern regions including Auckland. Some 58,000 people in New Zealand’s North Island are without power.
Officials warn it could take days to restore the network.