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Former Cyclone Lusi Fizzles Over New Zealand March 21, 2014
CIMSS Satellite Loop
Remnants of Cyclone Lusi can be seen sweeping across New Zealand's North Island over the weekend.
Drought-weary farmers across northern New Zealand were disappointed by the meager rainfall brought by remnants of Tropical Cyclone Lusi.

Forecasters had anticipated that the storm would bring widespread beneficial rainfall to the North Island.

But Lusi was mainly a wind event as it slowly dissipated across a broad swath of the country.

“Our local power companies … have been dealing with small outages that have affected relatively small numbers of consumers, and the wind has caused some minor damage in places, largely trees down across roads,” said Graeme MacDonald, spokesman for the Northland Civil Defense Emergency Management Group.

He said the only reports of flooding were at the coast, where high winds blew sea water into the basements of seaside homes.

Cyclone Lusi Track

Satellite Loop Data: CIMSS