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April 2014 New Zealand Storm ( 2014-04-17 )

Ex-tropical cyclone Ita lay to the west of the North Island bringing heavy rain and strong winds. It moved southwards during the period 17-19 April. The very strong winds caused lots of damage, and brought down power lines, cutting the power supply to thousands of homes. Heavy rain also caused flooding. The worst affected area was the West Coast of the South Island.

New Zealand

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at New Zealand
Duration:   3  days - The storm lasted from 17 to 19 April 2014.
Comments:

Insurance ClaimInsurance claims totalled $55.3 million. Most of the damage was to houses and contents ($25million). Damage to commercial property was close to $16 million, and motor vehicles $2.7 million

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 9:09am 17-Apr-2014: Includes HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG WINDS FORECAST FOR MANY PARTS OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW ZEALAND

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 3:16pm 17-Apr-2014: Includes HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG WINDS FORECAST FOR MANY PARTS OF CENTRAL NEW ZEALAND

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 8:52pm 17-Apr-2014: Includes HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG WINDS ABOUT CENTRAL NEW ZEALAND EASING TONIGHT OR FRIDAY

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 10:38am 18-Apr-2014: Includes HEAVY RAIN TODAY FOR NELSON, NORTHERN MARLBOROUGH, CANTERBURY, NORTH OTAGO AND DUNEDIN. HEAVY RAIN ON SATURDAY FOR WESTLAND.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 4:46pm 18-Apr-2014: Includes HEAVY RAIN FOR NELSON AND NORTHERN MARLBOROUGH UNTIL EARLY SATURDAY AND FOR WESTLAND DURING SATURDAY AND POSSIBLY INTO SUNDAY. THE RAIN HAS EASED OVER CANTERBURY AND EASTERN OTAGO AND THE WARNING FOR THESE AREAS IS LIFTED.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 8:05pm 18-Apr-2014: Includes HEAVY RAIN ABOUT NELSON AND NORTHERN MARLBOROUGH EASING FROM THE WEST OVERNIGHT FRIDAY AND EARLY SATURDAY. HEAVY RAIN FOR WESTLAND DURING SATURDAY AND POSSIBLY INTO SUNDAY.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 7:54am 19-Apr-2014: Includes HEAVY RAIN TODAY FOR THE RANGES OF WESTLAND

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 7:42pm 19-Apr-2014: Includes HEAVY RAIN ABOUT THE RANGES OF WESTLAND EASING OVERNIGHT SATURDAY

West Coast

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at West Coast
Comments:

Affected Lifeline The entire Buller Electricity network, which serviced 4500 customers from Punakaiki to Karamea, was without power after fallen trees caused significant damage to power lines.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Westport
Map Location: -41.750212 171.582563
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicThe strongest gust recorded at Westport was 130 km/h. The Westport Volunteer Fire Brigade had 145 call-outs in the first 48 hours of the storm

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Greymouth
Map Location: -42.451212 171.206779
Comments:

Comment 60 Greymouth houses lost their roofs - and some lost the trusses as well. At least nine houses were probably write-offs. The Greymouth Volunteer Fire Brigade had between 85 and 100 call-outs in the first 48 hours of the storm. The Blaketown Band Hall was completely destroyed. A hangar was destroyed at the Greymouth aerodrome, completely wrecking one plane, and substantially damaging another three planes.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Whataroa
Map Location: -43.260468 170.363122
Comments:

CommentThe winds blew a campervan clean over a fence at Whataroa.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Springs Junction
Map Location: -42.3319 172.1814
Comments:

Affected Lifeline Fifty vehicles, including campervans and trucks, spent the night stranded at Springs Junction after State Highway 7 - Lewis Pass - to Greymouth was closed.

Tasman-Nelson

LandslideLandslide at Tasman
Comments:

CommentSeveral main roads were closed due to slips and washouts.

FloodingFlooding at Takaka Hill
Map Location: -41.03462 172.85033
Comments:

Comment State Highway 60 over the Takaka Hill was closed due to flooding.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Nelson
Map Location: -41.268476 173.297338
Comments:

DamageEight intensive care unit (ICU) patients and staff had to be evacuated to the recovery ward of Nelson Hospital as a massive 12 x 6m section of the roof hung precariously over the department.

Marlborough

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Marlborough
Comments:

Affected LifelineHeavy rain caused flooding, land slips and pot holes across the district's roads. Teams of around 40 staff were on call to carry out road repairs. The worst damage to roads was in the Awatere Valley.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Picton
Map Location: -41.295063 174.011495
Comments:

Physical Characteristic146 millimetres of rain fell in Picton and Waikawa in 24 hours.

LandslideLandslide at Kaikoura
Map Location: -42.402255 173.685685
Comments:

Affected Lifeline State Highway 1 was closed at Kaikoura after major slips threw boulders and debris onto the road. There were 24 slips and partial road blockages between Kaikoura and Piction. The Coastal Pacific train track was also closed.

Canterbury

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Christchurch
Map Location: -43.531120 172.636147
Comments:

CommentThe storm caused flooding, land slips, road blockages and power outages around the city.

LandslideLandslide at Akaroa
Map Location: -43.806637 172.973757
Comments:

CommentThe main road to Akaroa from Little River was impassable due to slips.

Otago

FloodingFlooding at Otago
Comments:

Affected LifelineWelfare centres were set up in four North Otago towns along State Highway 1 to provide accommodation and food for motorists trapped by flood waters.

FloodingFlooding at Maheno
Map Location: -45.166605 170.842662
Comments:

Affected LifelineThe Kakanui River burst its banks, forcing authorities to close SH1 at Maheno

FloodingFlooding at Five Forks
Map Location: -45.04912 170.77354
Comments:

Affected LifelineA woman was rescued from the roof of her car after the raging Kakanui River floodwaters swept her vehicle off the road at Five Forks. She had to smash a window to escape as water filled the car.

Auckland

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Auckland
Comments:

Comment Parts of west Auckland and the North Shore were without hot water for four days after power lines were brought down by the strong winds. Some hot water pilots - which supply electricity to hot water cylinders, independently of the main power supply - were not reconnected, even after power was restored.

Comment Heavy rain caused extensive flooding on Tamaki Drive.

Waikato

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Waikato
Comments:

Comment Wind gusts of around 100km/h and bouts of torrential rain left farm paddocks strewn with debris, knocked down fences and re-routed streams as the storm swept through Waikato.

Bay of Plenty

FloodingFlooding at Bay of Plenty
Comments:

Comment Roads and basements throughout Mount Maunganui, Papamoa and Te Puke were flooded when 40mm of rain fell between 6am and 8am on 18 April. Fire fighters responded to 28 flooding-related calls between about 7am and 10am.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Bay of Plenty
Comments:

Comment High winds and falling trees resulted in 6700 Western Bay of Plenty Powerco customers losing power.

References

Insurance Council of New Zealand (www.icnz.org.nz/current/weather)
Headline: Stormy path of destruction
www.nzherald.co.nz, 19 April 2014
Headline: Warnings follow extreme weather.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 19 April 2014
Rescue from raging floodwaters.
www.stuff.co.nz, 19 April 2014
Headline: Wet weather to slowly improve.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 20 April 2014
Headline: Roads damaged in deluge.
www.stuff.co.nz, 21 April 2014
Headline: West Coast cleans up after damaging storm
www.nzherald.co.nz, 23 April 2014
Roofs ripped off, paddocks covered by Ita debris.
www.stuff.co.nz, 24 April 2014
Headline: Ita leaves insurers bill for $46m
www.stuff.co.nz, 10 June 2014

April 2014 New Zealand Storm ( 2014-04-17 )

Ex-tropical cyclone Ita lay to the west of the North Island bringing heavy rain and strong winds. It moved southwards during the period 17-19 April. The very strong winds caused lots of damage, and brought down power lines, cutting the power supply to thousands of homes. Heavy rain also caused flooding. The worst affected area was the West Coast of the South Island.

New Zealand

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at New Zealand
Duration:   3  days - The storm lasted from 17 to 19 April 2014.
Comments:

Insurance ClaimInsurance claims totalled $55.3 million. Most of the damage was to houses and contents ($25million). Damage to commercial property was close to $16 million, and motor vehicles $2.7 million

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 9:09am 17-Apr-2014: Includes HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG WINDS FORECAST FOR MANY PARTS OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW ZEALAND

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 3:16pm 17-Apr-2014: Includes HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG WINDS FORECAST FOR MANY PARTS OF CENTRAL NEW ZEALAND

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 8:52pm 17-Apr-2014: Includes HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG WINDS ABOUT CENTRAL NEW ZEALAND EASING TONIGHT OR FRIDAY

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 10:38am 18-Apr-2014: Includes HEAVY RAIN TODAY FOR NELSON, NORTHERN MARLBOROUGH, CANTERBURY, NORTH OTAGO AND DUNEDIN. HEAVY RAIN ON SATURDAY FOR WESTLAND.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 4:46pm 18-Apr-2014: Includes HEAVY RAIN FOR NELSON AND NORTHERN MARLBOROUGH UNTIL EARLY SATURDAY AND FOR WESTLAND DURING SATURDAY AND POSSIBLY INTO SUNDAY. THE RAIN HAS EASED OVER CANTERBURY AND EASTERN OTAGO AND THE WARNING FOR THESE AREAS IS LIFTED.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 8:05pm 18-Apr-2014: Includes HEAVY RAIN ABOUT NELSON AND NORTHERN MARLBOROUGH EASING FROM THE WEST OVERNIGHT FRIDAY AND EARLY SATURDAY. HEAVY RAIN FOR WESTLAND DURING SATURDAY AND POSSIBLY INTO SUNDAY.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 7:54am 19-Apr-2014: Includes HEAVY RAIN TODAY FOR THE RANGES OF WESTLAND

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 7:42pm 19-Apr-2014: Includes HEAVY RAIN ABOUT THE RANGES OF WESTLAND EASING OVERNIGHT SATURDAY

West Coast

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at West Coast
Comments:

Affected Lifeline The entire Buller Electricity network, which serviced 4500 customers from Punakaiki to Karamea, was without power after fallen trees caused significant damage to power lines.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Westport
Map Location: -41.750212 171.582563
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicThe strongest gust recorded at Westport was 130 km/h. The Westport Volunteer Fire Brigade had 145 call-outs in the first 48 hours of the storm

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Greymouth
Map Location: -42.451212 171.206779
Comments:

Comment 60 Greymouth houses lost their roofs - and some lost the trusses as well. At least nine houses were probably write-offs. The Greymouth Volunteer Fire Brigade had between 85 and 100 call-outs in the first 48 hours of the storm. The Blaketown Band Hall was completely destroyed. A hangar was destroyed at the Greymouth aerodrome, completely wrecking one plane, and substantially damaging another three planes.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Whataroa
Map Location: -43.260468 170.363122
Comments:

CommentThe winds blew a campervan clean over a fence at Whataroa.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Springs Junction
Map Location: -42.3319 172.1814
Comments:

Affected Lifeline Fifty vehicles, including campervans and trucks, spent the night stranded at Springs Junction after State Highway 7 - Lewis Pass - to Greymouth was closed.

Tasman-Nelson

LandslideLandslide at Tasman
Comments:

CommentSeveral main roads were closed due to slips and washouts.

FloodingFlooding at Takaka Hill
Map Location: -41.03462 172.85033
Comments:

Comment State Highway 60 over the Takaka Hill was closed due to flooding.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Nelson
Map Location: -41.268476 173.297338
Comments:

DamageEight intensive care unit (ICU) patients and staff had to be evacuated to the recovery ward of Nelson Hospital as a massive 12 x 6m section of the roof hung precariously over the department.

Marlborough

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Marlborough
Comments:

Affected LifelineHeavy rain caused flooding, land slips and pot holes across the district's roads. Teams of around 40 staff were on call to carry out road repairs. The worst damage to roads was in the Awatere Valley.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Picton
Map Location: -41.295063 174.011495
Comments:

Physical Characteristic146 millimetres of rain fell in Picton and Waikawa in 24 hours.

LandslideLandslide at Kaikoura
Map Location: -42.402255 173.685685
Comments:

Affected Lifeline State Highway 1 was closed at Kaikoura after major slips threw boulders and debris onto the road. There were 24 slips and partial road blockages between Kaikoura and Piction. The Coastal Pacific train track was also closed.

Canterbury

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Christchurch
Map Location: -43.531120 172.636147
Comments:

CommentThe storm caused flooding, land slips, road blockages and power outages around the city.

LandslideLandslide at Akaroa
Map Location: -43.806637 172.973757
Comments:

CommentThe main road to Akaroa from Little River was impassable due to slips.

Otago

FloodingFlooding at Otago
Comments:

Affected LifelineWelfare centres were set up in four North Otago towns along State Highway 1 to provide accommodation and food for motorists trapped by flood waters.

FloodingFlooding at Maheno
Map Location: -45.166605 170.842662
Comments:

Affected LifelineThe Kakanui River burst its banks, forcing authorities to close SH1 at Maheno

FloodingFlooding at Five Forks
Map Location: -45.04912 170.77354
Comments:

Affected LifelineA woman was rescued from the roof of her car after the raging Kakanui River floodwaters swept her vehicle off the road at Five Forks. She had to smash a window to escape as water filled the car.

Auckland

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Auckland
Comments:

Comment Parts of west Auckland and the North Shore were without hot water for four days after power lines were brought down by the strong winds. Some hot water pilots - which supply electricity to hot water cylinders, independently of the main power supply - were not reconnected, even after power was restored.

Comment Heavy rain caused extensive flooding on Tamaki Drive.

Waikato

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Waikato
Comments:

Comment Wind gusts of around 100km/h and bouts of torrential rain left farm paddocks strewn with debris, knocked down fences and re-routed streams as the storm swept through Waikato.

Bay of Plenty

FloodingFlooding at Bay of Plenty
Comments:

Comment Roads and basements throughout Mount Maunganui, Papamoa and Te Puke were flooded when 40mm of rain fell between 6am and 8am on 18 April. Fire fighters responded to 28 flooding-related calls between about 7am and 10am.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Bay of Plenty
Comments:

Comment High winds and falling trees resulted in 6700 Western Bay of Plenty Powerco customers losing power.

References

Insurance Council of New Zealand (www.icnz.org.nz/current/weather)
Headline: Stormy path of destruction
www.nzherald.co.nz, 19 April 2014
Headline: Warnings follow extreme weather.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 19 April 2014
Rescue from raging floodwaters.
www.stuff.co.nz, 19 April 2014
Headline: Wet weather to slowly improve.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 20 April 2014
Headline: Roads damaged in deluge.
www.stuff.co.nz, 21 April 2014
Headline: West Coast cleans up after damaging storm
www.nzherald.co.nz, 23 April 2014
Roofs ripped off, paddocks covered by Ita debris.
www.stuff.co.nz, 24 April 2014
Headline: Ita leaves insurers bill for $46m
www.stuff.co.nz, 10 June 2014