South Pacific: Bart becomes latest ever first named Cyclone

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Ex-cyclone Bart was the latest ever cyclone to be named in the South Pacific, at least as far as record keeping is concerned.

The short-lived cyclone is brushing southern parts of the Cook Islands and lost its tropical cyclone status this morning.

Weekend storm looks bigger, covers more of NZ

The deep low this week that created big headlines in New Zealand didn't hit most people with rough weather - but the low coming this weekend, mainly Sunday, may affect more people as it directly crosses the country.

The calm after (and before?) the storm

The weather gods delivered a king-hit of heavy rains and high winds over the country yesterday, causing flash flooding and closing off roads due to slips.

Things are looking better for many parts of New Zealand today.

However, another weather system is forecast to head our way tomorrow, again bringing heavy rain to the South Island and strong gusts south of the North Island.

Damaging winds; wild weather continues (PICS, VIDEO)

UPDATED - Damaging hurricane strength wind gusts have been pummeling Wellington this morning, with more wild weather across he country.

The Rimutaka Hill is now closed, trees are falling and roofs lifting as severe gales associated with an intense weather bomb bears down on central New Zealand.

Strong winds, storm & rain warnings in place for South Island

The New Zealand government is warning people in the middle of the country to avoid travelling, as damaging winds and rain are expected to hit the South Island and lower North Island later today.

Gusts of up to 150 km/h are forecast in exposed places from this afternoon in Canterbury, north of Ashburton, Marlborough, Wellington and the Wairarapa.

USA - 6 dead in ice storm

A long-duration ice storm in the Great Plains and Midwest claimed the lives of six people, caused treacherous travel, prompted the delay of an NFL football game and left thousands without power.
Freezing rain, ice and winter storm warnings were in effect from the Texas panhandle north into Iowa and east through central Indiana.

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