As Hurricane Sandy lashes the East Coast of the United States with wind and rain, Southeast Asia is dealing with the trail of death and damage from a powerful storm that has killed at least 30 people in the region over the past few days.
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Tens of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate coastal areas overnight as big cities and small towns across the US Northeast braced for the onslaught of a superstorm threatening some 60 million people along the most heavily populated corridor in the nation.
“The time for preparing and talking is about over,” Federal Emergency Management Administrator Craig Fugate warned as a monster Hurricane Sandy headed up the Atlantic Coast on a collision course with two other weather systems.
Heavy rain is drenching parts of the South Island this morning, with MetService saying surface flooding and slips are possible.
MetService has issued a severe weather warning for northern Fiordland, Westland, the Otago headwaters and northwest Nelson.
Trees are being uprooted and parts of roofs are falling off buildings in Wellington as the wind which has gripped the capital overnight intensifies.
Motorists are being urged to take care as gale-force winds batter the lower North Island and inland South Island.
MetService severe weather forecaster Andy Downs said the strongest winds overnight were recorded in the Wellington suburb of Kelburn, where a 130km/h gust struck about 3am.
A severe weather watch is in place for Canterbury today, after Christchurch was hit by freakish weather last night leaving conservatories damaged and lifting a roof off a house.
A severe weather warning is in place as heavy rain is expected to lash western New Zealand today.
Buller, Nelson and Marlborough were experiencing heavy rainfall this morning, while “anywhere in the North Island from Taranaki up to Bay of Plenty” could also expect to be drenched today, MetService duty forecaster Heath Gullery said.
No mention of Auckland – but the rain is very heavy as I post this…
Twelve people were killed and 10 were missing after a strong typhoon pounded South Korea on Tuesday, uprooting trees, sinking ships and cutting power to almost 200,000 homes.
By early evening, Typhoon Bolaven — the strongest to hit the South for almost a decade — had moved to North Korea, which is still struggling to recover from deadly floods earlier this summer.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm, with 120 kph winds, had gained strength as it moved over the warm, open waters of the gulf. It was expected to reach the swampy coast of southeast Louisiana by early Wednesday local time (late tonight NZ time).