Video - Weekend Weather & Debbie's remnants next week in New Zealand

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The remnants of ex-cyclone Debbie are going to drift towards New Zealand this weekend but the main feature over Saturday and Sunday will be rain moving into the West Coast with heavy falls on Sunday and a colder change moving up the South Island, also on Sunday.

Tropical Cyclone Debbie may have damaged Great Barrier Reef corals

Tropical Cyclone Debbie left a mark that's visible from space in the ocean waters near the Great Barrier Reef this week before it lashed northeast Australia's Queensland Province. The fierce winds from Debbie, which peaked at Category 4 strength, also caused turbulent water that may have damaged some of the corals.

Weather Video: Ex-cyclone Debbie's remnants may affect NZ next week

Ex-cyclone Debbie continues to unleash a torrent of rain over Queensland with half a metre (500mm) expected for some areas.

The low is going to weaken considerably over the next 48 hours then drift out into the Tasman Sea.

Debbie no longer a cyclone - How the remnants might impact NZ (+4 Maps)

Debbie has lost cyclone status and is now crossing further into Queensland bringing more rain as wind becomes less of an issue.  Flooding concerns will be considerable with over 500mm expected from Debbie.

Severe Cat 4 Cyclone Debbie makes landfall in Queensland, now Cat 3

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Updated 6:48pm -- Severe Category 4 Cyclone Debbie, which was close to Category 5 earlier, has now made landfall in eastern Australia says and has weakened to a Cat 3 storm.

The centre of Debbie moved right over Airlie Beach.

Cyclone Debbie slamming Queensland

Cyclone Debbie remains a powerful Category 4 tropical cyclone and it likely to be this strength and category as it makes landfall in Queensland this afternoon.

Special Weather Video: Cyclone Debbie nears Australia

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In our first weather video of 2017 we bring you a special update on Cyclone Debbie as it now reaches Severe Category 3 and may reach Cat 4.

Head forecaster Philip Duncan takes a look at Debbie's progress over the coming days and also at how it might affect the rain and weather patterns around both eastern Australia and New Zealand as we head into April.

Cyclone Debbie reaches "severe" Category 3

Cyclone Debbie continues to move towards Queensland on Monday with landfall still likely on Tuesday. says the storm hasn't strengthened very much overnight but in the past hour Australian authorities have lifted it to a Cat 3 storm which makes it severe.

Australia - Cyclone Debbie may reach Cat 4 (+ Maps)

Queenslanders are on high alert as Cyclone Debbie north west of New Zealand continues to intensify and head directly towards the Sunshine State.  

Queensland braces for Tropical Cyclone Debbie (+Track Maps)

Tropical Cyclone Debbie is strengthening quickly on its journey to make landfall, likely between Lucinda and Proserpine on Monday or Tuesday.

Today, winds are already picking up along the Queensland Coast, with a strong wind warning in place for the Townsville and Mackay Coasts.