Cyclone Hale
Cyclone Hale: New Zealand Residents Evacuate as State of Emergency Declared

Cyclone – Civil Defense Emergency Management has declared a state of emergency as Cyclone Hale heads toward northeastern New Zealand, and residents are urged to take all necessary precautions.

The CDEM issued the state of emergency at 10 p.m. on Tuesday and it will remain in effect for seven days unless lifted earlier. Residents are urged to stay off roads as surface flooding is expected in many areas across the region. This warning is particularly dire in Matawai, a settlement in Gisborne, where nearly 400 residents were without power overnight. Additionally, residents in the Hikuwai River’s Willowflat area have been advised to evacuate due to the rising water flow.

New Zealand’s MetService has warned that the cyclone is expected to hit northeastern parts of the North Island on Wednesday, with the Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay regions expected to be most affected by severe weather conditions such as heavy rain, strong winds, and high tides that could cause significant damage to homes and infrastructure. As the situation unfolds civil defense authorities are urging residents to stay informed and be prepared for any potential disruptions or evacuations.