Concerns increase as Cook's track shifts closer to all major centres in New Zealand (+5 Maps)

Reliable computer models are fine tuning their forecasts and the latest on where Cook may make landfall shifts it closer to Auckland and Coromandel Peninsula and sends even more rain over flood hit Bay of Plenty.

Weather Video: Cyclone Cook’s likely track to NZ

Cyclone Cook has cleared New Caledonia and is now weakening slowly but also heading directly towards New Zealand’s North Island.

Australia: Possible Tropical Cyclone threat for Darwin

Australia's late-season cyclone surge continues this week and Darwin may be impacted in the coming days.

As Cyclone Ernie wanders off into the Indian Ocean without having impacted Australia's mainland, another system is brewing to the north of the country.

Cyclone Cook - The latest tracking and situation for New Zealand (+Maps)

Cyclone Cook crossed New Caledonia last night as Severe Category 3 cyclone, today it's weakened to a Category 2 system and will continue to weaken as it tracks south.

But what exactly does "weaken" mean in this scenario? And why all the warnings of flooding if Cook is so small?

Cyclone Cook's "S" shaped journey over New Caledonia tonight, then on to New Zealand (+Maps)

DETAILED UPDATE (Updated 4:23pm NZT) --- Severe Tropical Cyclone Cook has made landfall in New Caledonia as a Category 3 storm.  It will cross New Caledonia tonight then it's on to New Zealand where a direct hit is looking increasingly possible around East Cape.

Bob McDavitt - Cook showing signs of being faster than Bola

UPDATED 4:54pm --- Iconic New Zealand meteorologist Bob McDavitt says while Cook has some similarities to Bola, especially as it was forming, the latest data is suggesting it won't linger like Bola did - and that is better news for those in the North Island.

Special Weather Video: Cyclone Cook is aiming for New Zealand

The second tropical cyclone in a week is heading directly towards New Zealand and while it will lose its technical cyclone status before arriving here on Thursday and Friday it’s going to bring more flooding rains to the North Island especially. 

Cyclone Cook reaches Severe Cat 3 approaching New Caledonia

Severe Tropical Cyclone Cook is now a Category 3 storm and is approaching New Caledonia.

It's a bad forecast for the French island nation with both flooding rains, severe storm surge and damaging winds combining tonight as the cyclone makes brief landfall.

By Tuesday evening Cook will be drifting south to south east away from New Caledonia and slowly towards New Zealand.

Newly formed Cyclone Cook may bring flooding to New Zealand in 5 days

We have another tropical cyclone to monitor - Cyclone Cook is today tracking from southern parts of Vanuatu (bringing torrential rain) and towards New Caledonia (bring damaging winds and torrential rain).

The French island of New Caledonia is expected to be hit by Cook as a Category 3 cyclone, currently it's Cat 2.

MetOcean confirms Debbie brought storm surges as ex-cyclone crossed NZ

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Heavy rains and surging seas plagued New Zealand as the remnants of cyclone Debbie moved  across the country this week. “Storm surges occurred in different places across New Zealand as the storm moved through,” explains Senior Oceanographer Dr