Storm kills four in New Zealand

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Wild storms lashed New Zealand’s North Island Monday after a chartered fishing boat went down off the remote Northland coast late Sunday, claiming at least four lives.

Four bodies were recovered and another person was missing when a fishing vessel sank causing chaos in the country’s biggest city Auckland, officials said.

Military has sent two air force planes and a naval warship to help with the search.

The storm front moved south and hit Auckland early Monday, dumping 76.8 mm (3.0 inches) of rain on the city in a single hour, the same amount it usually averages in a month at this time of year, according to the official MetService weather forecaster.

As a result highways were closed due to flooding, schools shut after classrooms were inundated and ferry services were suspended amid heavy swells.

MetService said a cluster of thunderstorms was heading south before shifting direction and moving out to sea.



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