The satellite image above shows the powerful storm that brought gale force winds and 36 hours of heavy rainfall to New Zealand, triggering what has been described as a 100-year flood in the city of Christchurch.
The city has been beset by flooding before, as well as a devastating magnitude 6.3 earthquake in 2011 that killed 185 people.
— Lacey Wilson (@Lacey_Wilson) March 4, 2014
Authorities warned residents to consider the floodwaters contaminated. It’s unclear how many homes were flooded. One account puts the number at up to 100.
The storm is seen swirling off the coast of New Zealand in this 24-hour animation of MTSAT-2 images.
As more imagery and information become available, I’ll post an update.