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Cyclone Hola now heading to New Zealand, main threat is Monday (+8 maps)

UPDATE: Cyclone Hola is over open waters and now directly heading for northern New Zealand. Cloud associated with the storm is already spreading south over the North Island although winds are not expected to really ramp up until Monday.

Hola remains a category 2 cyclone but is weakening today as it rushes south eastwards away from the equator.


Potential rainfall totals for Monday & Tuesday (+4 Maps)

There could be heavy rain in the North Island on Monday and Tuesday morning as Cyclone Hola either tracks over the North Island or nearby.

Rain could extend into a number of regions although totals may not be high for all. 


Cyclone Hola hitting parts of New Caledonia today, then tracks towards NZ (+4 Maps)

Tropical Cyclone Hola is today crossing the eastern Loyalty Islands in New Caledonia as a Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 130km/h and gusts to near 170km/h at the centre. Central air pressure is at 971hPa this morning.


Weather Video: Special video on Cyclone Hola’s track to NZ

Cyclone Hola has weakened a little today and is now tracking southwards towards New Caledonia then over the weekend it speeds up and heads towards New Zealand.
 
It’s still unclear if this storm will make landfall here or just brush by very close but either way New Zealand is now at a fairly high risk of being affected with severe weather and/or dangerous coastal and

Hola weakens faster than expected, still poses a serious risk to NZ by Monday (+4 Maps)

Tropical Cyclone Hola has weakened a little this morning dropping from a Category 4 to a Category 3 cyclone and the air pressure has risen from 952hPa last night to 962hPa this morning.

Cyclone Hola is now weakening overall and is tracking southwards towards eastern New Caledonia tonight and overnight. By tomorrow/the weekend Hola will begin tracking towards New Zealand.


Weather Video: Cyclone Hola now Severe Category 4, some threat to NZ Sunday/Monday

Cyclone Hola has rapidly intensified overnight and is now a Severe Category 4 cyclone according to the Fiji Met Service.

The storm is still strengthening and will likely peak on Friday where it may reach Cat 5.

This weekend Hola starts to track south to south east towards New Zealand.


Intense rain erupts over parts of the North Island, flash flooding in Hawke's Bay - more to come

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A large low over Northland is creating intense downpours of rain across parts of the North Island causing significant flash flooding in Hawke's Bay, road closures and intense rainfall totals.


Category 4 Cyclone Hola may reach Cat 5 by Friday, tracking towards northern NZ

Cyclone Hola has rapidly intensified to a Category 4 cyclone Thursday with sustained winds of 170km/h at the centre expected to rise even further to 200km/h by tonight or Friday morning and then ramp up even higher on Friday itself.


Weather Video: Cyclone Hola forms - we cover the expected track

Tropical Cyclone Hola formed Wednesday morning and is likely to intensify further in the coming days, potentially reaching Severe Category 3 status on Thursday or Friday. In just 12 hours it has already reached Cat 2 status.

The storm is going to impact Vanuatu for the next few days and potentially New Caledonia too.


Cyclone Hola forms near Vanuatu (+4 Maps)

Cyclone Hola has formed this morning near Vanuatu and is a category 1 tropical cyclone. Central air pressure is 994hPa.

Hola is moving south west at 8 knots and is intensifying over sea surface temperatures of 28 to 30 degrees Celsius.