11 Apr 2017

New Caledonia 'relatively unscathed' post-cyclone

7:36 pm on 11 April 2017

All cyclone alerts have been lifted in New Caledonia as the French territory takes stock of the damage from Cyclone Cook.

The cyclone is now a category two storm, after hitting New Caledonia as a category three last night, and it is heading south towards New Zealand's north.

Cyclone Cook's position on the evening of Tuesday 11-04-2017.

Cyclone Cook's position on the evening of Tuesday 11-04-2017. Photo: NOAA - Satellite Image

In Noumea this afternoon, business had been gradually returning to normal.

According to local media, around the mainland there were numerous areas with damaged homes, amid scattered debris such as torn roofs and fallen trees.

A number of creeks and rivers were flooded, while some residents were reporting problems with drinking water.

Among the signs of infrastructure damage, thousands of families were also without electricity supply, particularly for populations north of Noumea.

The morning after the initial impact of Cyclone Cook in New Caledonia.

The morning after the initial impact of Cyclone Cook in New Caledonia. Photo: Supplied

As of this morning there were about 70,000 who had been without electricity since last night, but local works units had been tyring to restore the supply.

The president of the government Philippe Germain has praised New Caledonians for taking heed of the warnings which left the territory relatively unscathed.

Scheduled flights in and out of Tontouta are set to resume tomorrow.

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