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         Gales now confined to north east Northland
         More rain on the way for Northland…but not as much
         Conditions to ease everywhere tonight


Gales reached Cyclone status last night – between Category 2 and 3 (out of 5) – as winds gusted to 180km/h.  “A very rare event to have winds so strong anywhere across New Zealand, especially across Northland and northern Auckland” said Philip Duncan, Head Weather Analyst at the Radio Network.

Last nights “cyclone” has certainly eased this morning, with only north east of Northland, around Tutukaka, still getting gusts of over 120km/h.
In Auckland winds are now only reaching 60 or 70 km/h.
“There could be some gusty moments today where winds reach 100km/h but at this stage it looks as though the wind is really easing back”.
But the rain isn’t over yet.  Philip Duncan says more could be on the way.  “While the rain radar has been knocked out we can still see the satellite map.  At this stage it appears there’s another band of rain spreading down from the far North and into the Northland region.  It looks as though this will be a parting shot as the low then moves out in to the Pacific Ocean this afternoon”. 
Mr Duncan expects conditions to ease everywhere by this evening, with rain and winds tapering off after lunch.



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