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Cyclone Cook Evacuations as huge storm lashes north NZ.

Wellington, Apr 13 (ONA) ---- Heavy rain is lashing New Zealand's North Island as Cyclone Cook, called the worst storm in generations, hits the north-east of the country, BBC reported.

States of emergency have been declared in the Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Plenty, with landslips, flash flooding and downed power lines closing roads.

Some coastal areas have been evacuated, with 5m (16 ft) waves, storm surges and 150km/h (90mph) winds forecast. But Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, has been spared the worst.

The storm made landfall in the Bay of Plenty at about 18:30 local time (06:30 GMT). It is then expected to move to the South Island early on Friday.

It comes after severe floods caused by the

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