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Powerful Gita crosses southern Tonga, now out to open waters and later the Tasman Sea

Powerful Cyclone Gita is now starting to move away from Tonga after a night of ferocious weather with winds estimated to be sustained at 230km/h and gusts to 280km/h at the centre of the storm and huge seas creating waves over 11 metres.


Weather Video: Severe Cyclone Gita aims for Tonga + NZ’s outlook to Saturday

Category 4 and possibly soon Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Gita is today and tonight heading to Tonga. It is expected to pass directly over the main island and capital, or at least brush the tiny island with the storm’s full force.


Tonga: It doesn't get much worse than this, Cyclone Gita likely to make direct hit (+6 Maps)

The latest forecast for Tonga is not something you want to see - a forecast for already Category 4 Severe Cyclone Gita to reach Category 5 status (the highest on the scale) in the Tonga area and likely make a direct hit over the top of Tonga and the capital Nuku'alofa on the main island Tongatapu tonight and early Tuesday.


Severe Cyclone Gita to track over southern Tonga, later Norfolk Island & NZ area (+8 Maps)

Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita is a Category 3 storm as it starts to curve towards southern Tonga today and Monday. The powerful storm is likely to become a Category 4 cyclone as it turns and tracks westwards over the next 24 to 48 hours.


Tropical Cyclone Gita now a 'Severe' Cat 3 storm, Cat 4 expected (+6 Maps)

UPDATED 10:20pm --- Gita is now a 'Severe' Category 3 Tropical Cyclone and is forecast to grow into a Category 4 storm as it churns around a number of South Pacific islands to the north east of New Zealand.

The cyclone has caused considerable damage to Samoa where a 'state of disaster' has been declared, according to Radio New Zealand Pacific.


Today is the day to vote - #VolcanoCup fever takes hold in New Zealand!

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Do you find volcanoes fascinating? GeoNet certainly does. Right now there's a whole lot of scientists, teachers and students talking about volcanoes on Twitter and voting for their favorites - you can join in and vote for yours too!

But you must hurry - the vote needs to be in today to count!  


Weather Video: Tropical Cyclone heading towards NZ

A tropical cyclone north west of New Zealand is going to transition out of tropical cyclone status and then deepen into a new system as it moves into the New Zealand area late Wednesday and across Thursday, most likely making landfall in the South Island - a rare event but does sometimes happen there.


Government to take a further 6 months to make decision on already year long delayed weather review

Updated: There's more frustrating news about the New Zealand Government's response to the open weather data review and also the MetService/NIWA double up.


Six large California wildfires have scorched 160,000 acres; 5700 firefighters working

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Wildfires roared across Southern California for a fifth day on Friday, with new blazes prompting more evacuations as neighborhoods in San Diego County went up in flames.


California fires: 'Firefighters taking a beating' as Santa Ana winds rage

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The four major wildfires wreaking devastation across Southern California are wearing on the firefighters and military personnel who have been laboring nonstop to douse the blazes, one of which is now the size of Denver.