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Heavy rain returns: What you need to know

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/04/2017

Residents across the upper North Island are being told to bunker down and prepare for Cyclone Cook, more heavy rain and wind later to hit on Wednesday afternoon.

What you need to know:

* A state of emergency has been declared for the Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management Group

* Cyclone Cook will hit the Bay of Plenty region with more than 200mm of rain expected the next few days and will be similar in strength to Cyclone Debbie

* Civil Defence are urging all residents to have an evacuation plan in place, have a supply of food and water for three days, and avoid unnecessary travel

* Cyclone Cook is expected to hit the Coromandel Peninsula or western Bay of Plenty late Thursday afternoon or evening and move south, reaching Wellington in the early hours of Friday morning.

* Heavy rain and gale force winds are expected across the country

* The Northland region will be particularly hard hit by severe gales on Thursday

* A Heavy Rain Warning remains in force for eastern Otago, Buller, Nelson, Marlborough Sounds, Taupo, Bay of Plenty, Coromandel Peninsula, Auckland, including Great Barrier Island, Northland and Tongariro National Park

* Waikato, Waitomo and Mt Taranaki have been upgraded from heavy weather watches to warnings

* The BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the remote township of Ruatahuna on Tuesday night to relocate a family with on-going medical needs

* The Emergency Operations Centre in Dunedin City Council is operating ahead of anticipated flooding issues expected in the city on Wednesday

* A volunteer armer in Edegecumbe are calling for members of the community to join them after last week's flood

* Waikato farmers are being told to move stock to higher ground and prepare for power outages

* Heavy rain has already hit the Auckland region and some homes have been flooded

* There are several road closures in place all over Auckland including: Mangawhai Rd, Kawakawa Bay Coast Rd, East Coast Rd, Franklin Rd, Pukekohe, Great North Rd & Clark St intersection, New Lynn and Bethells Rd.

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