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10 FAQs about global and local Tropical Storm news coverage

(This story was originally published on Monday) --- With two major storms impacting a number of nations in recent days a lot of you have asked several questions relating to coverage and why some events get more news than others. We've tried to break it down as simply as possible to make sense of why there isn't even coverage of every tropical storm locally and globally.


Check out the big winter storm tracking south of NZ & blasting us next week (+6 Maps)

It is a significant storm and it will churn past New Zealand over the Southern Ocean next week, working in conjunction with a high near Tasmania to dredge up a polar blast that will bring snow, possibly to sea level, in the lower South Island.


Video: Snow yesterday, becoming warmer than average today + 2 subtropical lows for NZ

In true spring style for those who had snow yesterday many places today will be warmer than average there by a few degrees as nor’westers develop.

Meanwhile in the upper North Island a low with sub-tropical connections is developing and will bring some heavy rain just along coastal parts of the upper North Island for late Tuesday and early Wednesday.


Typhoon Mangkhut now aiming for southern China, Hong Kong (+Maps)

Typhoon Mangkhut is located over the South China Sea, passing through the upper Philippine Island of Luzon yesterday.

Max winds speed is 195km/h with gusts to 240km/h by JMA. By Monday morning NZT maximum 1-min wind speeds are estimated to be 175km/h with gusts to 215km/h according to the JTWC. It is gradually forecast to weaken.


USA - Tropical Storm Florence: 5 deaths so far

+5 Maps --- Florence has been downgraded from a Hurricane to a Tropical Storm and has turned deadly, with reports from US news media saying the death-toll is now five.


Mangkhut blasting the Philippines from above, now affecting Taiwan too. Hong Kong, China next.

+6 Maps ---- Super Typhoon Mangkhut is currently located over Luzon island in the northern Philippines. Shortly before landfall Mangkhut's air pressure was an astonishingly low 905 hPa in minimum surface pressure. Winds were sustained at 200km/h with gusts to 270km/h (JTWC), remaining almost unchanged from two days ago.


Super Typhoon makes landfall in Philippines (+7 Maps)

Updated 6:38am Saturday NZT --- Super Typhoon Mangkhut has made landfall in the northern Philippines. The storm will track across the very northern portion of the island this morning with devastating wind and torrential flooding rains due to the immense size and power of this storm. The storm is so large it is being fed from air directly from the equator.


Hurricane Florence makes landfall near Wilmington, North Carolina

11:41pm Friday NZT --- Hurricane Florence has made landfall in Wrightsville Beach near the eastern United States city of Wilmington, North Carolina says the National Hurricane Center as of 11:40pm Friday NZT. Nearly half a million people are without power.


Hurricane Florence makes landfall in eastern USA; Super Typhoon makes landfall in northern Philippines

Extensive updates on both storms + Maps ---- Two major storms are simultaneously affecting the eastern United States and the northern Philippines main island of Luzon. 

This story has been updated to easier break down the two storms.


Special Video: Typhoon Mangkhut & Hurricane Florence + NZ’s warm, windy, weekend

We have a lot to cover in our special weekend video covering not only the latest on Super Typhoon Mangkhut and Hurricane Florence but also the warm, windy, spring weather for New Zealand.