Weather Video: Two major tropical storms overseas + warm weather for parts of NZ

We’re tracking Hurricane Florence as it heads towards the eastern United States also Super Typhoon Manghut as it heads towards the northern Philippines and potentially Hong Kong.

We also take a close up look at the weather here in New Zealand as warmer westerlies kick in.

Two major tropical storms we are tracking right now - Florence & Mangkhut (+7 Maps)

There are two monster storms on the planet right now. Hurricane Florence, which is approaching the eastern United States and Super Typhoon Mangkhut which is heading towards the northern Philippines and may also hit Hong Kong.

Weather Video: Warmer than average weather for NZ + the latest on Hurricane Florence

Westerly quarter winds are about to kick in across New Zealand and it’s going to push temperatures above normal for this time of year but a few to several degrees.

Expect highs over 20 degrees in a number of eastern regions in the five days ahead. Most places in New Zealand will also be drier than average.

Special Video: Major Hurricane Florence heading to eastern USA, as warmer nor’westers head to NZ is tracking a major hurricane which is today Category 4 and is heading directly towards the eastern United States.

Major Hurricane Florence poses very serious threat to the eastern United States (+5 Maps)

TRACK FLORENCE LIVE BELOW --- Major Category 4 Hurricane Florence is heading over warmer waters of the Atlantic and is forecast to slam the eastern United States on Friday (NZT) and may be the most severe tropical storm to hit the eastern US in nearly 30 years.

Rugby weather for NZ vs Argentina in Nelson tonight as low finally pulls away from NZ (+3 Maps)

A low will gradually leave the North Island today and a high will prevail over both islands by the end of Saturday. It will be sunny in most areas, including Nelson ahead of the big All Blacks game tonight against Argentina.

Australia: Record September rain for Ballina, NSW...and before the first week is even done

A deluge of rain in the 24 hours to 9am yesterday saw a number of records broken for Ballina, all within the first week of the month. 

The start of this September is a stark contrast to those of the last decade with record breaking rainfall in the first 5 days. 

New Australian Prime Minister leaves climate change debate for 'another day' during drought trip

Standing in front of the microphone in the searing bare heat outside the Tully family's house paddock, the Prime Minister holds up a message of hope.

It is a photo of a lush green paddock, taken on the same barren earth where politicians and the media pack are standing. The image was taken just two years ago on the same land.

Australia: Rain falls in drought hit NSW, but will it make a dent? (+2 Maps)

A trough over southeastern interior Australia is advancing eastwards today bringing showery rain and thunderstorms over a wide area, including drought areas in New South Wales. This wet weather will persist until this morning, then eases today as the system moves east to the coast and out over the Tasman Sea.

California fire explodes into largest in State history, is still growing, may take a month just to contain

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The largest wildfire in California history has burned for nearly two weeks and the massive inferno is still growing.