In New Zealand we have another “one source of information”
I was not paying attention at the time until the deluge hit but this is the story I get from the one reliable source I have in Auckland.
I am told that there is a “one-upmanship” between NIWA and Metservice but the story I get is that Metservice and everyone else missed it, so that no warning was forthcoming.
Civil Defence In Auckland only put out a warning at 9 pm (where the flooding started at 2.30 pm), with a State of Emergency called at 1 am the next morning.
Meanwhile thousands were flooded out and two weeks later some low -lying areas still have stagnant water in houses with nowhere for the water to run.
Both my informant and I agree that this was a geoengineered storm designed to destabilise the country.
So thank you to the One Source of Information, I will go with Robert Deutsch, who, although very idiosyncratic, not only predicted all of this as well as the earthquakes that hit the other evening.
A long report from WION, Indian TV
New Zealand warned to brace for more deaths after horrific cyclone struck the country claiming the lives of five people – as the country requests Australia’s urgent assistance
- New Zealand warned to expect more deaths amid cyclone chaos
- Prime Minister Chris Hipkins warned ‘to prepare for likelihood’
- Australia will send emergency team to the devastated nation
Australia will send emergency response teams to New Zealand as Prime Minister Chris Hipkins warned Kiwis to ‘prepare for more fatalities’ in the wake of Cyclone Gabrielle.
The nation declared a national state of emergency on Tuesday in the aftermath of the massive storm – the country’s worst in decades.
A plea for help was issued to Australia as the flood-ravaged country attempts to understand the scale of the disaster with the death toll rising to five.
Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said Kiwis need ‘to prepare for the likelihood there will be more fatalities’, the New Zealand Herald reported.
The dire announcement comes as 3500 people remain cut off and unaccountable mostly around Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne areas in the top end of the north island.
The Gisborne District Council says the water treatment system has failed.
Council manager Scotty Sharp says people need to “stop all use right now”.
“Everything, absolutely everything,” he says.
“Critical, it’s absolutely critical. We need to get the info out to the public because it’s just failed and it’s just failed now.”
Sharp says the council doesn’t know why it’s failed, but silt could have overloaded the system.
Meanwhile, people in Auckland are still being evacuated from their homes in Piha as land remains dangerous and unstable days after Cyclone Gabrielle.
Locals are warning city sightseers to stay away from the Auckland beach community, saying they are still in the middle of an emergency.
The death toll from Cyclone Gabrielle has now risen to seven after police confirmed a person is believed to have died after being caught in flood waters in Waiohiki, near Napier.
Overnight, the second firefighter caught in the Muriwai landslide died in hospital.
- With communities in cut-off regions having limited reception, here’s RNZ’s text-only updates on what those in Auckland, Tairāwhiti, Coromandel and Hawke’s Bay need to know.
Cyclone Gabrielle has weakened and moved away from New Zealand, as the country continues the recovery effort from the storm that’s left seven people dead and displaced thousands.
And officials aren’t ruling out further fatalities in the hardest hit areas of the country.
The mammoth rescue and recovery effort is ongoing in Tairāwhiti and Hawke’s Bay. However, thousands of people remain unaccounted for.
Official Government advice:
- Put safety first. Don’t take any chances. Act quickly if you see rising water. Floods and flash floods can happen quickly. If you see rising water do not wait for official warnings. Head for higher ground and stay away from floodwater.
- Do not try to walk, play, swim, or drive in floodwater: even water just 15 centimetres deep can sweep you off your feet, and half a metre of water will carry away most vehicles.
- If you have evacuated, please stay where you are until you are given the all-clear to go home.
- If you don’t need to evacuate, support those who do by staying home, staying off roads and staying safe.
- If you are not able to contact your whānau in heavily affected areas go to Police 105 website and complete the inquiry form or phone 105 and remember to update if you reconnect through other means.
- Throw away food and drinking water that has come into contact with floodwater as it is often contaminated and can make you sick.
- If you are without power eat the food from your fridge first, then your freezer. Then eat the food in the cupboard or your emergency kit.
- People should stay up to date with the forecasts from MetService and continue to follow the advice of civil defence and emergency services.
- A National State of Emergency is in place for an initial period of seven days and applies to regions that have declared a local State of Emergency.
What else you need to know:
- A national state of emergency remains in place
- Tens of thousands of people across the Far North, Northland, Auckland, Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay are without power. Civil Defence says it could be “up to a week” before power is fully restored in Hawke’s Bay
- Residents in Gisborne and parts of central Hawke’s Bay are being told to urgently conserve water
- Nine-thousand people are displaced in Hawke’s Bay alone, the Government says
Why am I getting this from overseas news and not from local headlines?
Cyclone Gabrielle: fresh storm warnings for New Zealand’s worst-hit regions as death toll rises to five
National forecaster MetService issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Thursday afternoon for areas including the Bay of Plenty, Gisborne and the Hawke’s Bay region – three of the areas that have experienced some of the highest levels of flooding, damage and loss of life.
MetService said there were “very unstable conditions” including “heavy rain and hail”.
“Rainfall of this intensity can cause surface and/or flash flooding, especially about low-lying areas,” they said.
Fresh evacuation orders were issued on Thursday morning for residents of central Hawke’s Bay, with those around Drumpeel Road told to “leave immediately”.