Storm: Damage and Travel predictions

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The large storm in the Southern Ocean has generated a number of questions to wanting to know who will be worst affected and what damage is to be expected. is fairly confident that despite the aggressive storm brushing the country damage should be minimal, mainly due to the wind direction.

Significant storm to brush New Zealand

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One of the largest storms on the planet is churning away south of New Zealand with a central air pressure estimated to be in the 950's hPa range and covering an area the size of Australia reports

VIDEO: Proof that unreal NZ lightning photo is real

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This amazing lightning photo was displayed at at the start of 2009 and it sparked some debate as to whether or not it was real.

During Philip Duncan's weather segment on Country99TV the other day the photo was again showed to viewers following a discussion on lightning.  Mr Duncan mentioned some thought the photo was a fake but that he believed it was real, however he couldn't confirm it.

House hit by lightning in Bay of Plenty, large hole in roof

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Newstalk ZB is reporting a house has this afternoon been hit by lightning in the Bay of Plenty centre of Papamoa.

Tauranga reporter Briony Sowden says firefighters were called after a lightening strike to a house through its aerial.

She says the strike exploded a light switch inside the house and created a huge hole in the roof.

Tornado risk for Taranaki tonight

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Approaching storm - what does it mean to you?

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Our first national storm in some time is approaching from the west and with it are over a dozen rain and wind warnings across New Zealand.

So, who is in the for the worst of the weather and how big is this storm? describes the storm has "moderate".  We use fairly liberal descriptions for storms so perhaps this might help you understand...

14 severe weather warnings issued

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14 severe weather warnings have today been issued ahead of a storm moving in from the west.

The storm, which rates as "moderate" will start to affect the South Island tomorrow ith heavy rain moving in from the west. will have extra updates when the storm arrives, it's likely to peak from Sunday to Tuesday.

Wind warnings extended

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Wind warnings across Gisborne and Hawkes Bay have today been extended, instead of ending at midnight tonight they will now end at 6am tomorrow.

The wind warnings for Wairarapa will still end at midnight tonight.

MetService says severe gales, gusting up to 130km/h, will blast the area and may bring down trees, powerlines and lift roofs.

First the rain, now wind warnings for eastern NI

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Wind warnings are today in force for the eastern North Island following three days of torrential rain.

MetService is warning damaging gales gusting up to 130km/h will affect exposed parts of Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa.

Most exposed will be Mahia Peninsula.

Families isolated on East Coast

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Three families remain isolated and dozens are without power on the East Coast after days of heavy rain.

Parts of the region have received 300 millimetres of rain since Sunday. Around 120 millimetres has fallen in Gisborne city.