Stormy across two thirds of NZ

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It may be the first day of spring but for the lower South Island it's still winter with heavy rain, heavy snow and strong wind warnings all in force.  Meanwhile gales are continuing to blast the lower two thirds of the country.

Winds continue to build across North Island

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Gale force northerlies gusting to 120km/h in exposed places are hammering Wellington tonight as a deep low tracks near New Zealand.  Heavy rain is also affecting the capital with receiving unconfirmed reports of surface flooding in Wellington and small slips on State Highway 2 over the Rimutaka Ranges.  

In the past hour winds have already gusted to 110km/h around coastal islands off Whangarei and around 100km/h in the Hauraki Gulf.  Gusts between 80 and 90km/h are affecting Napier City and the Manukau Heads.  In Auckland city winds are also on the rise and are expected to strengthen into early Monday morning.

Depression begins rapid intensification in Tasman Sea

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18 severe weather warnings have been issued ahead of a fast moving and particularly aggressive storm predicted to arrive during Sunday and this evening MetService is indicating further warnings may be likely tomorrow.

Severe gales up to 140km/h are forecast for the east from Canterbury to Wairarapa developing late Sunday and lasting into Monday morning.

VIDEOS: 3 different clips of lightning strikes across Auckland

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Check out these amazing videos below of several dramatic lightning strikes over Auckland city last night.   Chances are you haven't seen footage like this from within New Zealand before - simply stunning!

If you have amazing lightning or storm footage send us your YouTube link by using the Contact Us form above and we'll post it here!

Overnight Thunderstorms; VIDEO, PHOTOS, NEWS

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DISTANT LIGHTNING - Looking west across Auckland early Wednesday evening.  Image / Simon Williams.

It was a busy night in the skies over New Zealand last night as thunderstorms moved in from the Tasman Sea, for some it was the second night in a row.

Over 10,000 strikes were recorded around the country yesterday, mostly in the afternoon and evening.

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Hurricanes, Cyclones,Typhoons: A NZ story

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Depending on where you are on the planet, storms of great magnitude may be either a hurricane, cyclone or typhoon but they all are basically the same thing. Hurricane Bill has made the headlines over the last week but today we take a look back at one of New Zealand's biggest cyclones...

Storm lashes Wellington - commuter chaos; roads, rail shut

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Up to 1000 commuters seeking to get to Wellington from Wairarapa have been left to their own devices this morning as the rail service remains out of action.

A Wairarapa-bound train was derailed as it came out of a tunnel at Maymorn, 40km north of Wellington, around 6.17pm yesterday.

Rough weather starts

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Weather forecasters are predicting severe gales and heavy rain in much of the country today.

A deep low just to the south of the South Island prompted MetService to issue 26 severe weather warnings. 

Severe gales should affect Canterbury and Marlborough from early morning, then spread north to parts of the North Island, it said.

Lets get ready to rumble

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Thunderstorms are expected to be widespread Thursday across the South Island's West Coast while western parts of the North Island may also be in for a rumble.

The free and live Lightning Tracker at has detected an increase in thunderstorms in the past couple of hours to the west of New Zealand.

23 severe weather warnings issued

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A deep low pressure system forming south of Southland is set to bring heavy rain and severe gales to both islands of the country.

A number of cold fronts will spread up New Zealand bringing rain to both coasts and gales mostly in the east of the North Island.