Strong wind and rain has left about 1800 homes without power in Auckland this morning, while flooding is causing difficulties for drivers on State Highway One at the top of the South Island.
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Cyclone Rusty is battering the mining communities of north-western West Australia, floodwaters are peaking again in Queensland, and wet weather is threatening to return to Sydney.
Thousands of Fijians and up to 400 Kiwis are hunkering down in evacuation centres as Tropical Cyclone Evan sweeps near the Pacific Island nation.
Cyclone Evan is set to hit Apia again this morning with greater force, after reportedly killing three people – including two children – yesterday.
A tropical cyclone is expected to hit Samoa today with wind speeds over 80km/h.
Cyclone Evan emerged yesterday when a tropical depression deepened 300km southwest of Apia and moved eastward toward the city.
The Fiji Meteorological Service said the tropical cyclone would be sitting right over Samoa about midday.
Philippine authorities warned the public Sunday to take precautions for what could be the most powerful storm to hit the country this year.
Packing gusts of up to 220 kilometres (136 miles) per hour, Typhoon Bopha was 1,000 kilometres southeast of the Philippines as of Sunday morning and forecast to make landfall between Tuesday and Wednesday, the state weather bureau said.
Two-thirds of Queensland, Australia is expected to be on bushfire watch as temperatures in parts of the state soar above 40C for the fourth day.
Beijing has issued its second-highest blizzard alert, after the Chinese capital was hit by an unusually early snowstorm.
China’s National Meteorological Center issued an orange alert Sunday, predicting that heavy snow will also hit central and eastern parts of Inner Mongolia and in the northern provinces surrounding Beijing through Tuesday.
As Hurricane Sandy lashes the East Coast of the United States with wind and rain, Southeast Asia is dealing with the trail of death and damage from a powerful storm that has killed at least 30 people in the region over the past few days.
Tens of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate coastal areas overnight as big cities and small towns across the US Northeast braced for the onslaught of a superstorm threatening some 60 million people along the most heavily populated corridor in the nation.
“The time for preparing and talking is about over,” Federal Emergency Management Administrator Craig Fugate warned as a monster Hurricane Sandy headed up the Atlantic Coast on a collision course with two other weather systems.