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Flights from the capital to Auckland have been cancelled today due to wind, following a deluge of rain that flooded parts of State Highway 6 and prompted Westland council to open an Emergency Centre.
Many roads in the Clutha district in the South Island are closed by fallen trees toppled by strong winds.
The MetService has issued a severe weather warning with heavy rain expected to affect parts of the country in the next few hours.
MetService is warning of heavy rain and possible thunderstorms in the middle of the country today.
MetService is warning Aucklanders they could be in for a repeat of the wild weather that played havoc with power lines in April.
Many Aucklanders say they did not receive enough warning and were left unprepared for the severity of last night's storm.
MetService meteorologist Lisa Murray with the latest on Cyclone Gita. Audio
New Zealanders can expect warm, tropical conditions to continue with a good chance of thunderstorms for the North Island, the MetService says.
MetService and NIWA's tight restrictions on the use of weather data is stopping innovators from creating useful products, a government report says.
MetService is predicting warmer temperatures over the coming days, thanks to a hot nor'wester coming over from Australia.
The type of fog that has caused Wellington's flight chaos can be expected about six times a year, a meteorologist says.
MetService forecaster Erick Brenstrum says there is no rain forecast for Christchurch until later in the week. Audio
A storm is expected to lash parts of the country tomorrow bringing gales of up to 160km/h, torrential rain and a chance of snow on higher ground.
The worst of Wellington's weather should be over, after today's torrential downpour.
Two people have been injured after gale force winds brought a tree down onto a car near Christchurch.
Summer has been put on hold as rain and thunderstorms sweep the country.
Heavy rain has caused widespread flooding throughout the West Coast and sent water through about 30 properties in Hokitika. The rain is continuing and moving north. John Law is a Met Service… Audio