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Cyclone Wilma clobbers Northland

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The cyclone is tracking just east of the area and winds have increased in the past hour in both Auckland and Northland

Most powerful cyclone in 14 years moving into Northland

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"This is an extreme weather event that has the ability to cause significant flooding and wind damage" continues it's live coverage as Wilma, still a powerful category 2 cyclone moves into the upper North Island.

Winds remain sustained over 100km/h with gusts estimated to 150km/h near the centre and a central air pressure of 978hPa. advises all residents in the Far North and across Northland, particularly eastern areas, to be prepared for a sudden and dramatic increase in wind speeds in the coming hours.

Wilma charges towards New Zealand (+Maps 6)

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Severe gales, torrential rain and massive seas are tonight moving towards Northland as cyclone Wilma moves closers. describes Wilma as the most significant cyclone to hit New Zealand in 14 years.

Wilma Latest: Wind warnings added to rain warnings

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As predicted by last night the government forecaster has this afternoon added wind warnings to their line up of severe weather warnings for northern New Zealand.

The wind warnings, issued by MetService in the past hour, cover Eastern Northland, the outer Hauraki Gulf and Great Barrier Islands.

What are weather conditions like where you are?

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Thick high cloud is moving across the upper North Island as Tropical Cyclone Wilma approaches from the north.

As with all cyclones the weather goes down hill rapidly just before the storm hits - which we expect later tonight.

However we expect winds to slowly pick up and the air pressure to slowly fall today.

Wilma weakening but still a powerful Tropical Cyclone

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Tropical Cyclone continues her slow weakening process as she begins to transition from a tropical cyclone into an extra-tropical cyclone.

Latest data from the government forecaster, MetService, puts her air pressure at 980hPa, indicating she has weakened a little quicker than originally predicted.

Wilma remains a Cat 2 Tropical Cyclone as she closes in

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Tropical Cyclone Wilma will be far more serious than Zelia or Vania but much faster moving reports, as the storm closes in on New Zealand.

High cloud has started to thicken over northern New Zealand ahead of Wilma, which is currently centred 600kms north of Cape Reinga.

Tropical Cyclone Wilma to hit later today

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"This is a powerful tropical cyclone that has the potential to cause both wind and rain damage" has issued yet another Storm Alert, the second this month and only the fourth in 12 months as Tropical Cyclone Wilma churns towards us.

Head weather analyst Philip Duncan says this storm is going to be more severe than last weekend's sub-tropical low and warns campers and residents in the upper North Island to be prepared for severe weather conditions which include gales, torrential rain and dangerous seas.

Maps (8) showing Cyclone Wilma's affect on NZ

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From high seas, severe gales and heavy rain, some parts of the upper North Island will be in for a rough 24 to 36 hours, while nearby regions will be completely spared, as the strong but small cyclone zips by on Saturday. has all the weather maps showing what sort of affect Cyclone Wilma will have on northern New Zealand this weekend.