A strong storm hit New Zealand. Brunt of the disaster was in the North Island and northern South Island. Incessant heavy rains caused flooding in Nelson, Wellington, Auckland, Marlborough and Bay of Plenty, where the last 12 hours has dropped to 100 mm.
Local residents are forced to leave their homes. Are being evacuated from the affected areas. Closed major highways. People are advised not to unplanned trips. According to a weather forecast, weather in the coming days will only worsen, according to ITAR-TASS.