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7/24/2008

Destructive storm to hit New Zealand

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New Zealand
Image: Massive waves, like this one between Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki, hurled debris over roads and almost dragged a man to his death while slips and flooding derailed a train.

Story: Wild weather - Massive waves, like one between Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki, hurled debris over roads and almost dragged a man to his death, while slips and flooding derailed a train in the lower North Island. High winds prevented planes from taking off or landing. Huge waves pounding the foreshore along Centennial Highway earlier were scary for drivers, and roading contractors continuously swept the highway to clear rocks and debris. A Paekakariki resident said he had never seen so much debris cluttering the highway. A long-time Paekakariki resident said storm surges were THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE HE HAD SEEN IN THE AREA SINCE 1976.

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AUSTRALIA - The low pressure system that has caused bleak weather in parts of Queensland is still whipping up large seas on the Gold Coast. Three-metre waves are breaking on some Gold and Sunshine Coast beaches. There are gale force winds offshore from central Queensland to the far north.
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