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.

Severe Weather Video: Full details about the weather bomb

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Head weather analyst Philip Duncan teams up with to bring you the very latest on the incoming storm.  For text versions of what is discussed in this video please see the news stories on our homepage.


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.

Storm continues to develop, weather quiet so far

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Residents in the North Island and upper South Island are continuing to wait for the strong winds this evening as a storm over the Tasman Sea continues to develop - but the rain has already begun to fall.

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.

Incoming storm to affect all of the NI and upper SI (+ Maps)

New Zealand - but mostly the North Island and upper South Island - is in the firing line for a "Weather Bomb" moving in tonight and clearing most places by Sunday and Monday. 

Weather Bomb aiming for North Island

DEVELOPING STORY --- forecasters have high confidence that a significant and rapidly deepening low this weekend will reach "weather bomb" criteria - where the air pressure plummets 24hPa in 24 hours.  This is much faster than the usual rate for a storm to develop.

An "unusual" storm - what does that mean?

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Earlier this evening described the storm as "unusual" - Philip Duncan explains why: