Approaching storm - what does it mean to you?

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Our first national storm in some time is approaching from the west and with it are over a dozen rain and wind warnings across New Zealand.

So, who is in the for the worst of the weather and how big is this storm? describes the storm has "moderate".  We use fairly liberal descriptions for storms so perhaps this might help you understand...

14 severe weather warnings issued

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14 severe weather warnings have today been issued ahead of a storm moving in from the west.

The storm, which rates as "moderate" will start to affect the South Island tomorrow ith heavy rain moving in from the west. will have extra updates when the storm arrives, it's likely to peak from Sunday to Tuesday.

Wind warnings extended

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Wind warnings across Gisborne and Hawkes Bay have today been extended, instead of ending at midnight tonight they will now end at 6am tomorrow.

The wind warnings for Wairarapa will still end at midnight tonight.

MetService says severe gales, gusting up to 130km/h, will blast the area and may bring down trees, powerlines and lift roofs.

First the rain, now wind warnings for eastern NI

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Wind warnings are today in force for the eastern North Island following three days of torrential rain.

MetService is warning damaging gales gusting up to 130km/h will affect exposed parts of Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa.

Most exposed will be Mahia Peninsula.

Families isolated on East Coast

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Three families remain isolated and dozens are without power on the East Coast after days of heavy rain.

Parts of the region have received 300 millimetres of rain since Sunday. Around 120 millimetres has fallen in Gisborne city.

SH 2 reopens but more heavy rain coming

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The highway between Napier and Wairoa has reopened, but it may be short-lived.

Debris has been cleared from State Highway 2 to improve drainage from Lake Tutira, but Hawke's Bay Regional Council is warning heavy rain may boost lake levels and flood the highway again.

Residents on standby for evacuations

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Residents in two areas of Gisborne may be evacuated if the heavy rain continues.

Civil Defence has been activated in the region after around 200 millimetres of rain fell in the Tolaga Bay and Tokomaru Bay areas in the past 24 hours, causing slips, surface flooding and bringing down trees.

Trees fall, power cut, in Auckland

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Firefighters were called out to dozens of weather-related calls overnight and this morning across Northland, Auckland and Waikato, as heavy rain and gales lashed the top of the country.

Fire crews dealt primarily with fallen trees and power lines.

300mm predicted for Gisborne/HB ranges

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MetService is warning up to 300mm of rain could fall across the Gisborne and Hawkes Bay ranges in the 48 hours from noon Monday with saying it's possible a further 100mm may fall on Thursday, bringing the total closer to 400mm overall.

Strong winds move south, rain moves east

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Strong winds buffeted parts of Auckland last night and today those strong winds will head south as a deep and large area of low air pressure crosses northern New Zealand.

Winds were reaching gale force in exposed places during Sunday evening.

The strong winds are likely to affect a number of North Island regions today and may also spread into the upper South Island.

But the main concern with this low is still the rain.  Rain warnings are in force across a number of areas with Gisborne and northern Hawkes Bay most exposed.