DISCUSSION: In light of the impacts expected from Cyclone Cook across many parts of New Zealand, there has been much interest across that part of the world to better analyze this system as it approaches this region. In that regard, the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (based in Auckland, New Zealand) created a high-resolution computer model simulation of Cyclone Cook to help project how it will most likely impact the region. As you can see in the high resolution 1.5 km model attached above (courtesy of NIWA), it shows #CycloneCook making landfall just south of Whangamata on Thursday evening (around 6:00 pm). Around this time, destructive wind gusts in excess of 150 km/h will be occurring across parts of the the Bay of Plenty. Gusts may approach 180 km/h along the immediate coastline. Hence, this cyclone will more than likely have major impacts across a very large stretch of New Zealand with some areas getting particularly rough impacts from this incoming low pressure system.
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