Rain, snow and the cold

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Heavy rain is continuing to have impacts over parts of central New Zealand with Wellington, Marlborough, Nelson and North Canterbury in the firing line.

Further reports of surface flooding are coming in making driving conditions difficult with a number of accidents reported earlier around the Capital.

Snow eases

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The motorists who spent a freezing night out in their snow-trapped cars on the Napier-Taupo Highway have all been rescued.

Their abandoned cars are still on the road and people have been asked to meet at a local high school before they are bussed back to their cars in stages.

EXCLUSIVE PHOTO: Dramatic Waterspout brushes BOP properties

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This photo was taken at about 7.30am on Wednesday morning just off Waiotahi Beach in Opotiki. A couple of hours later the same stretch of coast was threatened by a tsunami.   Image / Warwick Tilley

Gales pound Otago: Roofs lift, powerlines down

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In what is the third news-worthly weather event of the day strong gales have felled power lines and ripped off roofs in Otago this evening.

MetService is predicting severe gales could gust up to 130 kilometres an hour in exposed parts of Dunedin and North Otago, and in inland parts of Canterbury.

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.

Click here to read the full story and to see photos, reader comments and a fantastic short video of a lightning strike in Auckland.

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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...