Storms in New Zealand killed at least four people

Storms in New Zealand killed at least four people

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Storms killed four people in New Zealand on Monday, and caused flooding in several cities across the country. One person is missing. This is the second rainfall record recorded in this time frame in the city of Auckland.

At least four people died when a fishing boat sank in New Zealand as severe storms swept the country on Monday, including flooding in Auckland, the largest city, officials said.

Four bodies have been recovered and one person missing after their boat sank Sunday evening in a storm off Northland, in the northern New Zealand archipelago, police said. Five survivors were taken to hospital.

precipitation record

The meteorological services said the storm then moved south and reached Auckland on Monday morning, dumping 76.8 millimeters of rain in one hour, the city’s second-record rainfall in that time frame.

Highways were cut off by flooding, schools were closed and ferry lines were shut down by heavy rain.

Six thunderstorms headed south and were expected to reach Hamilton on Monday afternoon. Meteorological services raised warnings while warning that “wet weather will continue for many this week as the deep low pressure system approaches to the west.”

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