Wilma Latest: Wind warnings added to rain warnings

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As predicted by last night the government forecaster has this afternoon added wind warnings to their line up of severe weather warnings for northern New Zealand.

The wind warnings, issued by MetService in the past hour, cover Eastern Northland, the outer Hauraki Gulf and Great Barrier Islands.

What are weather conditions like where you are?

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Thick high cloud is moving across the upper North Island as Tropical Cyclone Wilma approaches from the north.

As with all cyclones the weather goes down hill rapidly just before the storm hits - which we expect later tonight.

However we expect winds to slowly pick up and the air pressure to slowly fall today.

Wilma weakening but still a powerful Tropical Cyclone

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Tropical Cyclone continues her slow weakening process as she begins to transition from a tropical cyclone into an extra-tropical cyclone.

Latest data from the government forecaster, MetService, puts her air pressure at 980hPa, indicating she has weakened a little quicker than originally predicted.

Wilma remains a Cat 2 Tropical Cyclone as she closes in

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Tropical Cyclone Wilma will be far more serious than Zelia or Vania but much faster moving reports, as the storm closes in on New Zealand.

High cloud has started to thicken over northern New Zealand ahead of Wilma, which is currently centred 600kms north of Cape Reinga.

Tropical Cyclone Wilma to hit later today

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"This is a powerful tropical cyclone that has the potential to cause both wind and rain damage" has issued yet another Storm Alert, the second this month and only the fourth in 12 months as Tropical Cyclone Wilma churns towards us.

Head weather analyst Philip Duncan says this storm is going to be more severe than last weekend's sub-tropical low and warns campers and residents in the upper North Island to be prepared for severe weather conditions which include gales, torrential rain and dangerous seas.

Maps (8) showing Cyclone Wilma's affect on NZ

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From high seas, severe gales and heavy rain, some parts of the upper North Island will be in for a rough 24 to 36 hours, while nearby regions will be completely spared, as the strong but small cyclone zips by on Saturday. has all the weather maps showing what sort of affect Cyclone Wilma will have on northern New Zealand this weekend.

IMAGE: Cyclone Wilma - Where the damaging winds are

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One of the biggest complaints we received following the recent storms was in relation to strong winds not affecting everyone. 

It's a fortunate thing, really, that the damaging winds with tropical cyclones only cover a small area - compared to Southern Ocean lows which can spread out over thousands of kilometres sometimes.

PHOTOS (27) - Your Storm Photos

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Coastal flooding may be worse tonight for some

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The weather news authority says weather stations are showing nor'easterlies as being the main wind direction across much of the the upper North Island tonight and in the past few hours the winds have strengthened further and tilted even more to the north. says four things are working against vulnerable coastal areas in Auckland... 

Low makes landfall in Far North with gales

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Winds continue to build in the upper North Island as the centre of the low makes landfall in the Far North and heavy rain moves into central New Zealand this evening reports

The centre of the low has made landfall around the Far North / northern Northland with gales becoming even stronger in the last hour and turning southerly at Cape Reinga - whereas they remain strong northerly around Whangarei and the Bay of Islands.  

The low will bring an increased coastal flooding threat tonight at the next high tide across the east coast between northern parts of Northland down to Auckland and into the Firth of Thames.

We have extensive coverage below as we track this system from the top of the North to the top of the South.