Cyclone Hola forms near Vanuatu (+4 Maps)

Cyclone Hola has formed this morning near Vanuatu and is a category 1 tropical cyclone. Central air pressure is 994hPa.

Hola is moving south west at 8 knots and is intensifying over sea surface temperatures of 28 to 30 degrees Celsius.

Vanuatu, New Caledonia on alert as Tropical Cyclone formation begins (+6 maps)

A storm is developing near Vanuatu and is almost at tropical cyclone status with sustained winds circulating around the low at just below gale force and air pressure around 1000hPa. When winds reach gale force (63km/h) at the centre it will be given the name "Hola" by the Fiji Met Service and it will be a category 1 cyclone.

Weather Video: Potential tropical cyclone may impact NZ this weekend

The third tropical cyclone in a matter of weeks is expected to come into the New Zealand area this weekend and may impact land, although modelling is still not locking in the future path.

The storm will be named “Hola” most likely on Wednesday or Thursday at the latest by the Fiji Met Service.

Low near Fiji has tropical cyclone potential, may track into NZ area (+7 Maps)

UPDATED 10:56AM MONDAY --- A tropical depression formed near Fiji over the weekend and today both Fijian and US authorities are signalling it now has a "moderate" chance of becoming a tropical cyclone on either Tuesday or Wednesday directly north of New Zealand.

Weather Video: Another tropical cyclone may be on the horizon later this week

This week is a busy week weatherwise with a large area of low pressure expected to form over northern New Zealand followed by a possible tropical cyclone north of that - and then an enormous anticyclone moving in from the west.

Tropical update for New Zealand as we head into March (+5 Maps)

The tropics have been much quieter since Cyclone Gita moved through but as we head into March there are signs of more lows forming and more energy north of New Zealand.

The leftovers from Aussie's Cyclone Kelvin to affect NZ early next week (+4 Maps)

The leftovers of an ex-tropical cyclone are coming towards New Zealand - but not how you might think. The remnants of what was Cyclone Kelvin, which made landfall the other day in north western Australia, will drift out over southern Australia and the Great Austraian Bight over the next few days to merge with a Southern Ocean system and form a new low on Monday over southern New Zealand.

UPDATE: Cyclone Gita - Update on rainfall and wind (x2 Maps + Animated Video)

Complicated Cyclone Gita is now forming two centres after hitting the north western tip of the South Island with the main centre quickly zipping through the Cook Strait area and upper South Island and a secondary low is now forming off the West Coast.

Cyclone Gita hits central New Zealand - Roofs off, emergencies declared, trees down, power out

Updated 8:55pm --- Cyclone Gita has hit central New Zealand knocking out power to tens of thousands of people, causing several states of emergency and closing highways due to slips, flooding and trees down.

Special Weather Video: Cyclone Gita arrives in New Zealand tonight

A significant storm is quickly approaching New Zealand today and weather conditions will go downhill around a large portion of the country this afternoon and evening.

With so many moving parts to the storm our video today is a little shorter - because things may change as we head into Tuesday night.