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Weather Bomb Hits New Zealand, More Could Follow

Posted by te2ataria on July 19, 2009

send by ‘Aucklander’ [Edited by TEAA]

Weather wreaks havoc in New Zealand

A “weather bomb” lashed the North Island Friday night damaging buildings, uprooting trees and cutting power to thousands of homes.

A weather forecaster described it as  a “pretty rough 24 hours, especially up north. At about 3am or 4am in Whangarei it was incredibly stormy.”

“Wind and rain began on Friday night and continued for much of yesterday, felling trees and lifting tarpaulins off homes in Kaitaia damaged by a tornado two weeks ago.”  According to a report.

“Four boatsheds at Northland’s Kissing Point were badly damaged by high winds early yesterday.”

Gisborne area was flooded by heavy rain and a massive landslide near Tolaga Bay made things worse.

Christchurch Airport was struck by an eerie fog which brought it to a standstill Saturday, with many flights delayed or diverted to Auckland.

At least two dozen accidents in Auckland were blamed on the weather.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10585326

There have been a large number of fatalities on New Zealand roads since Wednesday morning, involving at least four foreign tourists, none of which has been reported.

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Tourist Safety Advice

Posted by te2ataria on June 27, 2009

sent by a reader

Traveling to New Zealand?

You are committing a double act of eco-terrorism.

But if you’ve already arrived and promise NOT to return, I’d let you read the following. It could save your life!

If you are driving in New Zealand, the odds are heavily stacked against You! In the 2009/2010 tourist season you are 14 to 20 times more likely to get killed on New Zealand Death Roads than in Australia.

car accident cause by police chase in nz
An investigator examines a car that crashed into a wall in Hastings, New Zealand, following a short police chase. The driver of the car died at the scene. Photo: John Cowpland/Getty Images. For copyright details see HowStuffWorks.

But you can stay alive if you heed the following precautions and learn to:

Avoid

Especially, keep well away from ultra neurotic banshees pumped up with sedatives.

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