North Island braces for serious flooding

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Heavy rain continues to fall across many parts of the North Island and is expected to cause river and coastal flooding in some parts today reports

Waikato, Coromandel, and the Bay of Plenty are bearing the brunt of a summer storm, which won't let up till overnight tonight.

Rain warnings step up even further for Auckland / Upper NI

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Storm Alerts are issued by the weather news authority only once or twice a year during severe weather events as an indication that the incoming severe weather could pose a risk to people and property.

Zelia downgraded as she nears northern NZ

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As predicted yesterday Zelia is rapidly weakening before making landfall in New Zealand, however the ex-tropical cyclone is still packing a punch.

The air pressure is plummeting in the Far North as Zelia races towards the upper North Island.

In the past hour the outer-bands have pushed into the Far North with the "compact" storm centred about 300kms to the north west and closing in fast.

Zelia: Storm may not follow predicted track

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Severe category 3 tropical cyclone Zelia has passed well to the north east of Norfolk Island on a path that was not earlier predicted by the main international computer models - which picked it would pass south of the island.

Initial observations show the storm passed by incredibly quickly.

ZELIA: Predicted to come closer to North Island (Maps)

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Tropical Cyclone Zelia is being predicted to come closer to the North Island than originally thought, according to computer tracking by the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre.

Zelia, tonight still a weakened Category 3 cyclone, was initially predicted to pass to the south west of Norfolk Island (700kms north west of NZ) however the latest projections show she may make a direct hit or even move slightly to the north east above the island.

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Numerous wind and rain warnings ahead of tropical trouble

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Almost 20 wind and rain warnings have been issued this afternoon across the country by the government owned forecaster.

MetService has warnings now in place for several North and South Island region as ex-tropical cyclone Vania and current tropical cyclone Zelia head towards us.

TC Zelia begins to weaken but may reach NZ as "cyclone"

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Severe Tropical Cyclone Zelia has today begun it's weakening process as it races towards New Zealand but the latest prediction from the Fiji Meteorological Service is that it will retain a category 1 status as it approaches the upper North Island later tomorrow.

TC Zelia strengthens o/night but should weaken today

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Severe Tropical Cyclone Zelia remains a hurricane force system early Monday morning while racing towards New Zealand at 46km/h.  The storm strengthened a little further overnight. 

Zelia's air pressure remains at 957hPa, according to the Fiji Meteorological Service making her a severe Category 3 cyclone - with the increased winds in the past 24 hours that now matches a Category 2 hurricane using the US Saffir-Simpson scale.

Zelia's winds average 167km/h with gusts up to 220km/h, reports however the storm is about to start weakening.  The "eye" at the centre of the storm has now filled in according to the latest satellite maps, a sign she is now starting to weaken.

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Severe TC Zelia intensifies, races towards NZ

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Severe Tropical Cyclone Zelia has continued to rapidly intensify Sunday while roaring towards New Zealand at 44km/h.  This is significantly faster than Vania was travelling on Friday, at just 9km/h.

Zelia's air pressure has continued to drop, now measuring 957hPa, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Zelia's winds have lifted further with winds now averaging 155km/h and gusts up to 220km/h, reports

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Stormy conditions continue to build for NI

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Gale force winds are now affecting parts of Auckland with northerly gales west of the airport on the Manukau Heads and Awhitu.  Gusts are reaching 80 to 125km/h with strong winds continuing to strengthen across a number of major North Island centres this afternoon.

In Napier winds are now gusting over 90km/h with 70km/h gusts in Gisborne.