Photos (4) Big hail in Waikanae, Upper Hutt

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If you have pictures from the storms and tornado this afternoon, upload them here!

Cars tossed about, buildings damaged, man injured in Kapiti

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A tornado has caused significant damage in Kapiti late Saturday afternoon.

Twitter user @mundens says "Waikanae by cell from friends: Pine trees ripped up cars tossed about emergency services attending".

Hail / Melissa Waikane

Winter storm hits whole country

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A powerful winter storm that has sparked 20 severe weather warnings has knocked down an elderly woman on the Kapiti Coast, caused disruption on the Auckland harbour Bridge and made the search for a Canterbury possum hunter even more difficult.

Thunderstorms rumbling northwards

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Hundreds of lightning flashes have been detected along the west coast of New Zealand in the past hour according to the Lightning Tracker at

In the past 60 minutes the number of strikes has almost doubled to nearly 800.

Get ready NZ - here comes the wind

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Several stormy days are just hours from getting underway as the Roaring 40s prepare to launch themselves over New Zealand starting later tonight. forecasters say conditions will be very windy and wet over the next 10 to 12 days with the possibility of wind and rain warnings.

MetService issues tornado risk for Auckland, Northland (+Map)

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The Government forecaster has issued a tornado and thunderstorm risk for northern New Zealand on Thursday.

High winds in Northland topple campervans

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High winds buffeting Northland have toppled over two campervans along State Highway 12, in the Far North.

The accidents occurred Aranga in the Kaipara District.

Police are warning motorists driving through the area to be aware of the high winds and take care, especially if they are in taller vehicles such as a campervan or truck.

Floods, landslides, road chaos

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Roads were closed, farms flooded and homes evacuated as heavy rain hammered much of New Zealand yesterday and overnight.

Two people were injured, one seriously, when a tree fell on their car at Cooks Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula about 5pm yesterday.

Fire officers helped to pull them from the wreckage and they were taken to Thames Hospital.

Weather Video: Around the globe in 6 minutes

A volcanic euption, more deadly tornadoes plus NZ's incoming rainstorm. Philip Duncan discusses the breaking news out of America as deadly tornadoes and severe thunderstorms move in this afternoon - check out the latest warnings and watches and which states are in for the worst weather. 

Severe weather warnings issued ahead of deluge

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The first of round of rain warnings have today been issued by the government forecaster as a front explodes into life in the Tasman Sea.