Updated 11:06am — Severe gales have been affecting parts of the top of the North Island overnight and it’s about to get windier as the centre of the storm that was once Severe Tropical Cyclone Dovi makes landfall here in New Zealand.
Auckland has wind gusts over 130km/h in the city and over 160 and 170km/h in more extreme exposed areas, according to Council data.
Winds in Auckland are likely peaking, damaging gusts are still possible until early to mid afternoon before tapering off.
A few changes this morning:
Dovi’s remnants look to be tracking a few hours faster than originally forecast, meaning for some places in the north, the worst may be over by late afternoon.
Dovi’s centre looks to track a little further south – this helps take some pressure off peak westerly wind speeds forecast for Auckland today (although damaging gusts are definitely still possible, the duration and peak of those winds may reduce a little and ease earlier today).
The rain band ahead of Dovi has tracked further south, something WeatherWatch.co.nz highlighted on Friday was a possibility. This means rain continues to fall over Christchurch and now Westport too – although totals don’t look too intense today with only 10 to 20mm forecast.
The centre of Dovi is likely to make landfall late morning or lunch time around North Taranaki / Waitomo area.
Damaging winds will move in across more of the upper North Island today and around Taranaki too potentially – then as the day progresses the worst of those winds shift to the eastern side of the North Island along with a gale southerly. That same southerly will finally bring a refreshing change to the muggy weather in the upper North Island.