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Second cyclone threatens NZ with flooding

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/04/2017

© Getty Images A second tropical cyclone is threatening to flood rain-soaked New Zealand with fresh downpours, forecaster WeatherWatch says.

Bay of Plenty town Edgecumbe remains under water on Sunday after the remnants of tropical cyclone Debbie crossed the Tasman last week, bringing heavy downpours and flash flooding to much of the country.

WeatherWatch said this could be compounded by newly formed Cyclone Cook, which is expected to hit French island New Caledonia as a Category 3 cyclone late on Monday.

The cyclone's weather system was then expected to head towards New Zealand with heavy rains possible around Thursday and Good Friday.

While appearing smaller and faster moving than ex-cyclone Debbie, Weather Watch said it was concerned moisture from Cyclone Cook could connect with a sizeable low in the Tasman Sea.

"[This could pull] in very heavy rains, which will be heavy enough to cause even further serious flooding," it said.

Fellow forecaster MetService is yet to issue any weather warnings for New Zealand related to Cyclone Cook.

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