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Damage from Cyclone Debbie to be assessed at first light with Premier warning of 'shock and awe'

4 hours 49 min ago
Shocking images have revealed the devastation at cyclone-battered Hamilton Island as authorities scramble to assist holiday-makers.The island bore the brunt of the ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie and has sustained substantial structural...

Passengers stuck at Wellington airport as thick fog grounds all flights

4 hours 52 min ago
Cameron Higginson was at Wellington Airport this afternoon waiting to pick up his girlfriend, who he hasn't seen in four months.She is one of the passengers affected by the grounding of all Wellington flights due to thick fog."I'm...

Cyclone Debbie: Couple stranded on Hamilton Island told by hotel to 'pay up or get out'

10 hours 53 min ago
A couple holidaying on Hamilton Island left stranded after their flight was cancelled due to Cyclone Debbie have claimed their hotel told them to "pay up or get out".Rachael Aracic and partner Tyson Griffiths, from Melbourne, were...

Jenny Clarke pleads for news of husband last heard from during Cyclone Debbie

14 hours 36 min ago
A woman is desperately seeking help to find her husband who she last spoke to during the peak of Cyclone Debbie when he called to say the roof was coming off their house.Jenny Clarke said she spoke to David Clarke, 68, about 10am...

Weather warnings in North Island as cloud, sea fog shroud eastern coastlines

15 hours 21 min ago
Sea fog is causing major disruptions at Wellington Airport as an "active low" works its way south bringing a swathe of weather warnings across the North Island. A number of heavy rain watches are in force from Auckland to Wairapapa...

Panic and destruction as Cyclone Debbie makes landfall in North Queensland

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 22:12
Cyclone Debbie is continuing to pummel north Queenland, leaving behind a path of destruction at normally idyllic locations including Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island.The Category 3 system made landfall shortly after 1pm near Bowen,...

Families build makeshift bunkers in their homes as Cyclone Debbie smashes Queensland's coast

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 20:56
Families have taken to building makeshift bunkers in their homes as they shelter from Cyclone Debbie.The "destructive" Category 4 storm struck the north coast of Queensland this afternoon, slamming into the coast with huge 275km/h...

'And she said yes' - Stormy proposal during Cyclone Debbie

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 15:19
Cyclone Debbie may be hurtling thunderous winds and rain and uprooting trees, but a Kiwi couple have managed to lighten up their stricken situation with a healthy dose of love.Aucklanders Rob Woodman and Sally Wilson had their trip...

Terrifying winds, roofs flying, and worse is yet to come

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 13:01
Trees are snapping like twigs and roofs are on the verge of flying off homes as vicious 200km/h winds pound Australia's Whitsunday coastline.Ex-pat kiwi Tania Lewis is seeking refuge in her Jubilee Pocket home not far from Airlie...

Debbie a 'worst-case scenario' for Queensland, warns US storm-chaser

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 09:17
US-based storm-chaser Josh Morgerman has warned that Cyclone Debbie is shaping up to look like a "worst case scenario" for Queensland as it approaches land.The self-described "hardcore hurricane chaser" flew to Brisbane from California...

Expect fewer cyclones, but the ones that form will pack a wallop

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 09:17
There was a point earlier this summer when Aussies in the Top End started to wonder: Where the hell are the cyclones?The Australian region is usually hit with 11 cyclones each season - which runs from November 1 to April 30 - but...

Live: Cyclone Debbie gathers intensity before hitting Queensland

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 06:21
Cyclone Debbie has come within five kilometres of being declared a Category Five storm as it bears down on the Queensland coast.The Bureau of Meterology declared the tropical cyclone a "severe" Category Four system last night with...

Kiwis hunker down in Airlie Beach and Cyclone Debbie rages outside

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 20:40
A Hastings man is sitting tight in his apartment, evacuation bags at the ready, 500m from the red zone as Cyclone Debbie rages outside. Neville Chapman, his partner, and her son are in the top story of an apartment block in Cannonvale,...

Nervous wait for winegrowers after heavy rain

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 19:27
Heavy rain over the weekend, coming on the back of previous falls in the past two weeks, has Hawke's Bay winegrowers feeling nervous.As of yesterday morning, 21.4mm of rain had fallen in the Napier area since last Saturday morning,...

Cyclone Debbie update: One dead, Queensland evacuations underway

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 16:09
Cyclone Debbie has turned deadly, killing one tourist this morning, as the storm is upgraded to a severe category 3.Queensland police said severe weather was a factor in a fatal crash, with Police Commissioner Ian Stewart confirming...

Thousands of Queenslanders evacuated as cyclone barrels towards coast

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 09:54
Thousands have been ordered to evacuate as Tropical Cyclone Debbie barrels towards the north Queensland coast, bringing 280km/h winds, flooding rain and a 4m tidal surge.Residents in low-lying areas in Bowen, Proserpine and Airlie...

More flooding across Auckland as North Island braces for thundery, tropical deluge

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 06:12
Flash flooding has left properties across Auckland under water as an overnight tropical deluge saw more than a dozen homeowners call for help. Firefighters rushed to 15 properties as the weather packed up, with a flurry of 11 calls...

MetService issues severe weather watch for much of North and South Islands

Sun, 26/03/2017 - 14:26
A severe weather watch has been issued for much of the upper North Island and many parts of the South Island.The MetService is warning of possible heavy rain over the northern North Island, western Nelson and the southern South...

Adele will need to set fire to the rain as Auckland weather packs in

Sat, 25/03/2017 - 10:10
Adele fans could be rolling in the deep at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium this weekend as widespread and persistent rain sets in. Wet weather started developing across the country this morning and is set to worsen later today due to...

Wet weekend ahead, but not enough to put a dampener on Adele

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 18:19
Anyone going to Adele's two remaining concerts at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium over the weekend is advised to pack a rain jacket.MetService forecaster April Clark said it might not be as wet tomorrow as first predicted but some heavy...

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