Trees fall, power cut, in Auckland

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Firefighters were called out to dozens of weather-related calls overnight and this morning across Northland, Auckland and Waikato, as heavy rain and gales lashed the top of the country.

Fire crews dealt primarily with fallen trees and power lines.

300mm predicted for Gisborne/HB ranges

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MetService is warning up to 300mm of rain could fall across the Gisborne and Hawkes Bay ranges in the 48 hours from noon Monday with saying it's possible a further 100mm may fall on Thursday, bringing the total closer to 400mm overall.

Strong winds move south, rain moves east

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Strong winds buffeted parts of Auckland last night and today those strong winds will head south as a deep and large area of low air pressure crosses northern New Zealand.

Winds were reaching gale force in exposed places during Sunday evening.

The strong winds are likely to affect a number of North Island regions today and may also spread into the upper South Island.

But the main concern with this low is still the rain.  Rain warnings are in force across a number of areas with Gisborne and northern Hawkes Bay most exposed.

Low continues to deepen

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Gale force winds are blasting Auckland tonight as a low continues to deepen north of New Zealand.

Exposed parts of Auckland, particularly along the eastern coastline, are most affected.

Flooding risk for East Coast, rain sets in across north

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Rain has set in across northern New Zealand this afternoon with gale force winds forming in a narrow area between Whangarei and the Hauraki Gulf.

The rain is going to get heavier as the day progresses with winds rising.  Gales are possible in eastern and coastal parts of Auckland however doesn't believe they will be very damaging.

New rain warnings issued; could this be a significant event?

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Gisborne and Hawkes Bay are the latest regions to have rain warnings issued for them as a quickly developing low moves towards New Zealand.

Conditions are still mostly calm across the country however head weather analyst Philip Duncan expects the weather to go downhill quite quickly later this afternoon and into tonight.

Wellington houses evacuated after slip

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Two homes in Wellington have been evacuated after a large slip.

Around 4.30 yesterday afternoon the ground fell from underneath one home on Sidlaw Street in the suburb of Strathmore Park.

Inspector Marty Parker says the earth and a tree threatened another home below.

High risk of thunderstorms overnight tonight

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Late on Sunday night thunderstorms were reported in Northland, Taranaki, Manawatu and Wellington. is the only forecaster that is predicting thunderstorms across all western parts of the North Island overnight.

Another larger active band of rain is expected to make landfall on the North Island's west coast, north of Taranaki, in the next few hours.  With air temperatures already near 20 degrees it is expected thunderstorms will be triggered.

Head weather analyst Philip Duncan says thunderstorms have been reported all over the North Island, west of central regions.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning lifted for Whakatane/Eastern BOP

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All warnings lifted as of 12:13am, Wednesday.

Heavy rain pounds Canterbury still, but low slowly leaving NZ

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Heavy rain continues to fall across Christchurch and parts of Canterbury this afternoon extensive surface flooding being reported. weather analyst Richard Richard Green says the rain has set in and driving is marginal on some roads, including some State Highways. 

The rain bands are still moving northwards but  rain remains about Dunedin and Oamaru says

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