West Coast

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Just weeks after one major storm, West Coast residents are anxiously awaiting another.

Cyclone Gita: 'Started crying, started yelling, started screaming'

Just weeks after one major storm, West Coast residents are anxiously awaiting another.

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Tom and Dion say if the winds pick up too much they will head for the safety of the shore.

Video: 'Extreme mate!' Surfers brave the swells as Cyclone Gita hits West Coast

Tim and Dion say if the winds pick up too much they will head for the safety of the shore.

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The strong winds have begun to cause power outages and damage to properties as the cyclone moves in.

Raw video: Cyclone Gita's damaging winds blow off part of house's roof in Westport

The strong winds have begun to cause power outages and damage to properties.

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Greymouth Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said the winds are starting to move in now and residents should prepare.

Watch: Workers prepare defences as intense winds from Cyclone Gita whip up wild seas in Greymouth

Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said the winds are starting to move in now and residents should prepare.

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Director Sarah Stuart-Black says transport could be badly affected in numerous areas, and families should have contingency plans in place.

Schools close across West Coast and Nelson in anticipation of severe storm

Over 40 schools and 17 ECEs will not open or will close early.

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Heavy rain and winds are expected for central New Zealand on Tuesday and Wednesday.

'Don't take this with a grain of salt' - West Coast mayor gives locals stern warning ahead of Cyclone Gita

Bruce Smith said people need to take responsibility, stock up or evacuate and stay off the roads - or face the consequences.

Severe weather warnings from Taranaki to Westland

Streams could rise rapidly, while surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.

One person dead after Westland District crash

The crash occurred on the highway between Jacksons and Hohonu, just before 4pm today.

Bags of collected plastic bags collected near Greymouth.

'Amazing' West Coast effort sees thousands of plastic bags collected after storm

The ex-cyclone left bags strewn across the beach, threatening to go out to sea.

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Ex cyclone Fehi left a path of destruction along State Highway 6 on the West Coast.

Civil Defence monitors situation as Westland clean-up continues

A boil water notice remains in place and power is out for some after the remnants of Cyclone Fehi battered the coast.

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State Highway Six was reopened today as work continues on slips from Haast to Westport.

Storm hit State Highway Six reopened

Hundreds of people have been stuck on the West Coast since the storm hit on Thursday.

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Sarah Keshah had only been in the country three days before getting trapped in the major storm with hundreds of other motorists yesterday.

'Fearful for my life' – Canadian tourist trapped on West Coast highway after storm emotionally recounts dire situation

Sarah Keshah had only been in the country three days before getting trapped in the major storm with hundreds of other motorists yesterday.

Fox Glacier (file picture).

Hundreds of people stuck in Haast after after storm blocks off West Coast highway

Another 100 motorists are trapped in their cars after yesterday's wild storm blocked SH6 along a remote stretch of the road.

Damaged Hokitika sign

Hokitika's famous driftwood welcome sign destroyed by storm

Westland deputy mayor Latham Martin posted a photo of the wrecked landmark today.

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The ocean at Carters Beach completely inundated the foreshore.

Video: Westport park turned into lake after sea surges onto the land

Video provided to 1 NEWS shows the park at Carters Beach completely swamped in water.

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The South Island region in the thick of a tropical cyclone.

Watch: High winds leave trail of destruction on West Coast as storm hits

I NEWS reporter Sam Clarke was in the thick of the severe weather today.

Andrew Little will be working closely with Deputy PM Winston Peters on the re-entry effort.

Opening of Pike River Recovery Agency the first step in closure for families - Prime Minister

The agency opened today and will oversee the recovery of the 29 miners' bodies.

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Hundreds came to Reefton today to take part in the commemoration.

Hundreds present at commemoration of Maori battalion in West Coast town

The few surviving servicemen from the battalion could not attend, but their families still honoured them.

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Hundreds came to Reefton today to take part in the commemoration.

West Coast town commemorates Maori battalion that served in WWII

Hundreds came to Reefton today to take part in the commemoration.

A nasty bug has got into the Havelock North water supply and it has affected six schools, including two boarding schools.

Tests confirm gastro outbreak in Reefton

A number of people have experienced diarrhoea and vomiting.

Fire engine

Ammonia leak in Whanganui meat plant

Everyone was evacuated from the site and no-one was injured.

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The region is starting to recover after it was flooded by torrential rain this week.

Erratic West Coast weather patterns raise questions about how region will cope with climate change

The region is starting to recover after it was flooded by torrential rain this week.

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Only yesterday parts of the West Coast were classified as in a drought.

Flood-hit Greymouth spared further damage despite overnight rain

The Fire Service reports that it was not called to any flooding incidents overnight.

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Only yesterday parts of the West Coast were classified as in a drought.

Flood-hit West Coast set for more heavy rain overnight, Nelson also in the firing line

MetService tonight issued a new severe weather warning, which also takes in the Canterbury High Country.

Flooding turns Greymouth backyards into muddy pools

After torrential rain, residents on Marsden Road say water nearly made it inside two houses.

Watch: Gumboots needed for tour of flooded Greymouth property

According to NIWA more than 153mm of rain had fallen in Greymouth in the past two days.

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