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Wellington flights cancelled, diverted due to strong winds

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 19:00
Strong winds are disrupting flights in Wellington.Three flights into the Capital have been diverted while at least 11 more have been cancelled.MetService meteorologist Sarah Haddon says strong winds from the north picked up late...

Destructive gales, snow and rain in store for much of the weekend as a 'barrage of fronts' cross the country

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 06:51
Abarrage of fronts will bring damaging gales and heavy rain across New Zealand over the next 48 hours.Wellington is now under a strong wind warning and much of the South Island's western coastline can expect heavy rain warning as...

North Island temperatures soar as mercury hits 19C by 9am

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 09:11
The mercury is beginning to climb in eastern parts of New Zealand as a warm air mass takes hold.Just after 9am the temperature had already hit 19C in Napier and Hastings and Gisborne enjoyed the same warmth within the hour.Hastings...

Warmest weather since autumn to hit eastern regions of NZ

Wed, 13/09/2017 - 12:06
Parts of New Zealand are set to swelter in the warmest spell the country has seen since autumn.While the West Coast is under a heavy rain warning, temperatures in eastern regions of the North Island will rise to the mid-20s as a...

Kiwi scientists in Caribbean pest eradication project pitching in

Tue, 12/09/2017 - 06:36
A group of New Zealand scientists are putting a major pest eradication project on hold while they pitch in and help out the devastated Caribbean islands.Kiwi seabird scientist Elizabeth "Biz" Bell is in Providenciales in the Turks...

Watch: Dramatic footage as Florida streets turn into rivers

Mon, 11/09/2017 - 12:34
A New Zealander taking refuge from Hurricane Irma has shot dramatic footage of rising floodwaters and swirling winds as the storm surge turns streets into rivers. Tony Meredith has captured the ferocity and terror of the category...

Kiwis hunker down in hurricane-ravaged Florida

Mon, 11/09/2017 - 08:29
A Kiwi caught in the devastating Hurricane Irma is poised to head into a makeshift bunker as dangerous winds pound her Florida home.Sue Hamer says she is "hanging in" while the powerful category two storm tracks across the southern...

Thunderstorms for north, snow, avalanche threat leaves highway closed

Mon, 11/09/2017 - 05:28
Thunderstorms will continue to shake the north today as motorists travelling on South Island alpine roads are warned to carry chains after heavy snow caused major disruption.The country is waking to a chilly, wet morning with temperatures...

Hurricane Irma will be the third major disaster to strike Christchurch quakes survivor

Sun, 10/09/2017 - 15:19
Hurricane Irma will be the third major disaster to strike Kiwi Anna Wilding, a survivor of the Christchurch earthquakes and Hurricane Sandy.Wilding and her husband James Sved recently moved to Palm Beach, Florida, from Washington...

Kiwis hunker down as monster Hurricane Irma approaches

Sun, 10/09/2017 - 05:00
Some Kiwis directly in the path of the devastating Hurricane Irma have decided to stay as hundreds of thousands evacuate the state of Florida.Irma, which has already caused the deaths of at least 22 people, has been re-upgraded...

Snow dump: Up to 10cm expected to fall in South Island

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 23:30
More wild, wintry weather is on the way, with up to 10cm of snow expected to fall in some areas overnight.MetService has issued a snowfall warning for roads in both the North Island and South Island. The warning comes after a...

New Zealand blasted by 1794 lightning strikes over 24 hours

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 18:42
Unstable weather conditions have seen parts of New Zealand zapped by 1794 lighting strikes over the last 24 hours. One bout saw northern Auckland struck by lightning seven times in 10 minutes, between 5.35pm and 5.45pm today. ...

Florida cruise anything but smooth sailing for Kiwi pair as Irma approaches

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 12:02
A monster hurricane is on the way and Kiwi Kyle Preece is stuck on a cruise ship off Florida. He can't get home and his worried mum's already yelled down the phone at him after he and his friend, fellow Kiwi Jason Tabrum, seriously...

Wet and wild day for the country

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 07:23
Bad weather is creeping across the country bringing snow, severe weather warnings, thunderstorms and heavy rain.Heavy rain and strong northwesterlies are expected to hit most parts of the North Island today as a northwest flow and...

Tsunami warning issued for NZ after 8.2 Mexico earthquake

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 06:12
Civil Defence has issued a tsunami warning to marine and beach areas, with the first activity expected to hit at 7am. An 8.2 magnitude earthquake off the southern coast of Mexico in the state of Chiapas about 5pm yesterday New Zealand...

Hurricane Irma: Branson a cellar dweller as he waits for storm to pass

Fri, 08/09/2017 - 21:13
Sir Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of the Virgin Group who said he would ride out Hurricane Irma from his 30ha private island in the Caribbean, has emerged from his fortified wine cellar unscathed."All of the team who...

Irma destroys Maho Beach famed for low-flying planes

Fri, 08/09/2017 - 09:44
Tourist hotspot Maho Beach is unrecognisable after Hurricane Irma lashed the island of St Martin with life-threatening winds and rain.The normally idyllic Caribbean beach is on the Dutch side of St Martin, known as St Maarten. It's...

Weather forecast: snow and wintry weather to grip NZ for the weekend

Fri, 08/09/2017 - 07:02
Snow, gale force winds, frosts, lashing rain and freezing temperatures are going to give this spring weekend a wintry blast.Snow levels are predicted to drop to 200m in the west of the South Island tomorrow as temperatures plunge,...

Pro surfer Zander Venezia killed surfing as Hurricane Irma hit Barbados

Fri, 08/09/2017 - 06:21
A young pro surfer has died aged just 16 after catching a wave in Barbados during Hurricane Irma.According to the World Surf League, Zander Venezia reportedly fell off his surfboard and hit a shallow reef at a beach called Box by...

What's with the wild weather?

Fri, 08/09/2017 - 05:00
Seth Borenstein analysis Hurricane Irma is threatening millions of people in the Caribbean and Florida. Some answers to questions about Irma and hurricanes: Where do these storms come from? Irma is a classic Cape Verde storm,...

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