Photos: Cyclone Cook slams NZ with heavy rain, severe gales, flooding gallery

A resident in the Waikato's Te Aroha sent us this image of flooding at his property.
Nik Given

A resident in the Waikato's Te Aroha sent us this image of flooding at his property.

Heavy rain and strong winds are hitting New Zealand as Cyclone Cook makes its way south across the country.

How's the weather at your place? Send your information, photos and videos to newstips@stuff.co.nz

The worst of the storm has passed for the North Island as Marlborough, Canterbury and Otago fall into focus with heavy rain and possible flooding expected in those areas on Friday.

A drone image captures the extent of the flooding in Te Aroha.
Nik Given

A drone image captures the extent of the flooding in Te Aroha.

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The Fire Service attempt to remove a tree toppled onto Edgecumbe School during Cyclone Cook.
Matt Shand

The Fire Service attempt to remove a tree toppled onto Edgecumbe School during Cyclone Cook.

There was stormy weather at Point Halswell Lighthouse in Wellington harbour on Friday morning.
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There was stormy weather at Point Halswell Lighthouse in Wellington harbour on Friday morning.

Christchurch's Avon River encroaches onto Fitzgerald Ave near Kilmore intersection.
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Christchurch's Avon River encroaches onto Fitzgerald Ave near Kilmore intersection.

Graham Spiers and Braydon Foster braved Mt Maunganui's wild post-cyclone waves on Friday morning.
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Graham Spiers and Braydon Foster braved Mt Maunganui's wild post-cyclone waves on Friday morning.

Large storm swell hits the beach on Mt Maunganui the morning after Cyclone Cook.
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Large storm swell hits the beach on Mt Maunganui the morning after Cyclone Cook.

Cyclone Cook felled trees and powerlines on Joll Road in Havelock North.
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Cyclone Cook felled trees and powerlines on Joll Road in Havelock North.

Cyclone Cook brought trees down on cars on Lucknow Road in Havelock North.
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Cyclone Cook brought trees down on cars on Lucknow Road in Havelock North.

Cyclone Cook brought trees down on cars on Lucknow Road in Havelock North.
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Cyclone Cook brought trees down on cars on Lucknow Road in Havelock North.

A yacht thrust ashore by Cyclone Cook in the night at Pilot Bay in Mount Maunganui, Tauranga.
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A yacht thrust ashore by Cyclone Cook in the night at Pilot Bay in Mount Maunganui, Tauranga.

A tree on The Strand in Whakatane collapsed due to intense wind.
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A tree on The Strand in Whakatane collapsed due to intense wind.

High winds in Matata Straights

High winds in Matata Straights

A large swell rolling in at Mt Maunganui as Cyclone Cook draws nearer.
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A large swell rolling in at Mt Maunganui as Cyclone Cook draws nearer.

The swing footbridge across Moutere River at Holdaway Rd in Tasman was washed out on Wednesday night.
BRADEN FASTIER

The swing footbridge across Moutere River at Holdaway Rd in Tasman was washed out on Wednesday night.

Nancy Kareroa-Yorke from Red Cross sets up beds in the memorial hall in Ohope.
Matt Shand

Nancy Kareroa-Yorke from Red Cross sets up beds in the memorial hall in Ohope.

Hamilton police say no one was injured when this van skidded onto its side in heavy rain in Hamilton on Thursday afternoon.
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Hamilton police say no one was injured when this van skidded onto its side in heavy rain in Hamilton on Thursday afternoon.

Rotorua's lakefront area has been fenced off.
Benn Bathgate

Rotorua's lakefront area has been fenced off.

Police have cordoned off West End Road in Ohope and people in the area are being told to evacuate.
Matt Shand

Police have cordoned off West End Road in Ohope and people in the area are being told to evacuate.

View from the Brightwater Bridge on Waimea West Road near Brightwater, Nelson.
Adrienne Matthews

View from the Brightwater Bridge on Waimea West Road near Brightwater, Nelson.

New Zealand Defence Force trucks arrive in Tairua.
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New Zealand Defence Force trucks arrive in Tairua.

A slip following heavy rain has closed the Cobb Rd in Upper Takaka, Golden Bay.
GREG ALLUM

A slip following heavy rain has closed the Cobb Rd in Upper Takaka, Golden Bay.

An ominous looking rain shower photographed by a couple fishing on Lake Taupo.
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An ominous looking rain shower photographed by a couple fishing on Lake Taupo.

Water feeding into the Ohinemuri River at Waitawheta, west of Waihi.
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Water feeding into the Ohinemuri River at Waitawheta, west of Waihi.

A lone surfer in the waves at Whitianga as Cyclone Cook rolled in.
THOMAS MANCH

A lone surfer in the waves at Whitianga as Cyclone Cook rolled in.

Flooding in Matamata, Waikato, ahead of Cyclone Cook.
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Flooding in Matamata, Waikato, ahead of Cyclone Cook.

Rainbow Falls in Kerikeri, swollen by floodwaters.
ANNE WYATT

Rainbow Falls in Kerikeri, swollen by floodwaters.

High tide at Kaeo River, from State Highway 10 behind the Kaeo Fire Station in the Far North.
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High tide at Kaeo River, from State Highway 10 behind the Kaeo Fire Station in the Far North.

Floodwaters encroach on State Highway 10 in Kaeo, Northland.
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Floodwaters encroach on State Highway 10 in Kaeo, Northland.

Floodwaters cover parts of Kaeo in Northland.
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Floodwaters cover parts of Kaeo in Northland.

Flooding covers crops on Waharoa Rd East, Matamata, in Waikato.
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Flooding covers crops on Waharoa Rd East, Matamata, in Waikato.

Flooding in Matamata, Waikato, has seen roads closed ahead of Cyclone Cook.
LAWRENCE GULLERY/FAIRFAX NZ

Flooding in Matamata, Waikato, has seen roads closed ahead of Cyclone Cook.

Waihou River in flood near the Te Aroha Boat Ramp Reserve.
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Waihou River in flood near the Te Aroha Boat Ramp Reserve.

A swollen Oruaiti river near Mangonui, in the Far North, after heavy rain overnight on Thursday.
BROOKE NOONAN

A swollen Oruaiti river near Mangonui, in the Far North, after heavy rain overnight on Thursday.

Flooding in Elizabeth St, Matamata.
LYALL CONDER

Flooding in Elizabeth St, Matamata.

Matamata's Armadale Road is closed due to surface flooding as rain hits Waikato.
REXINE HAWES/FAIRFAX NZ

Matamata's Armadale Road is closed due to surface flooding as rain hits Waikato.

Matamata's Armadale Road is closed due to surface flooding as rain hits Waikato.
REXINE HAWES/FAIRFAX NZ

Matamata's Armadale Road is closed due to surface flooding as rain hits Waikato.

Heavy rainfall across Auckland flooded roads, including major arterial route St Lukes Road on Wednesday.
CHRIS SKELTON/FAIRFAX NZ

Heavy rainfall across Auckland flooded roads, including major arterial route St Lukes Road on Wednesday.

Flooding near Waimate North Road near Kerikeri, ahead of Cyclone Cook, on Thursday, April 13, 2017.
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Flooding near Waimate North Road near Kerikeri, ahead of Cyclone Cook, on Thursday, April 13, 2017.

Cyclone Cook pictured approaching the North Island in this graphic.
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Cyclone Cook pictured approaching the North Island in this graphic.

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