North Island

Tropical trouble brewing

The tropics have been somewhat quiet this year - especially when compared to the dramatic cyclone season last year.  However activity is about to step up with three zones showing signs of life.

Our latest low downed some trees, shook some houses, blinked some lights

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The best thing you can say about yesterday’s low was that it was a pretty fast mover.

But, unfortunately, so were the winds. heard from a few Kiwis on the North Island that things turned a bit dodgy as the low moved through.

Second sub-tropical low causes minor flooding, wind damage

Updated 10:32pm ---  As exclusively predicted by yesterday gale force winds have impacted some parts of the North Island tonight.

Photos (14) - Flooding, gales, hit North Island

Photos are continuing to come in from around the North Island as flooding and gales take hold in a number of regions. 

Do you have photos of today's rough weather in the north?  Slips, flooding, bad traffic - send us your pics using our easy photo upload function

Storm centre clears NZ already - but gales remain

At 1am this morning most parts of the North Island were calm and cloudy.  By dawn hurricane force winds - literally created out of thin air - brushed the lower North Island, causing severe damage to some properties in Taranaki and Wanganui - the regions closest to where the centre of the storm passed.

Sudden storm causes damage across lower NI

Hurricane force winds have roared through some parts of the country this morning with severe gales in the lower North Island causing the most amount of problems.

The low tightened more than models suggested yesterday - that has spared northern regions from the full fury but has instead pushed more wind into central areas.

Deep low makes landfall in lower NI

UPDATED 8:05am --- Reports of significant damage to some homes, powerlines and trees are starting to filter in from South Taranaki and Wanganui this morning following the passing of the weather bomb's centre earlier this morning.

Air pressure falling as low races closer

Full news update plus maps and graphic --- It's calm, cold and 'eerie' across much of the country tonight - that's what readers are telling us as the air pressure continues to slowly sink over the country ahead of an incoming and developing low.

SI: Nelson, Marlborough and Kaikoura in firing line

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Much of the North Island is set to feel the effects of the incoming storm overnight and the top of the South Island isn't expected to miss out either.

Nelson, Marlborough, Kaikoura and parts of North Canterbury are likely to have to tackle some wild weather but the tail end of this system should only flick Christchurch and nothing very much out of the ordinary is expected there.

150km/h wind gusts possible for central NZ

The government forecaster, MetService, has today issued almost 20 severe weather warnings ahead of the incoming overnight storm. says the low has started to deepen this morning over the Tasman Sea today and will rapidly deepen to storm status before the day is up.