Cyclone Hale, is forecast to strike New Zealand tonight


The first tropical cyclone of 2023 in the South Pacific named Cyclone Hale, is forecast to strike New Zealand tonight.

Cyclone Hale was located southwest of New Caledonia but is expected to head for the northeast of the North Island up to Thursday, bringing heavy rain, severe gale winds and hazardous coastal conditions. 

The latest weather update for Samoa issued this morning indicated that unstable atmospheric conditions remain over Samoa although easing weather is being observed across the islands recently.

The convergence zone with associated clouds and rain remains just south with the moist Northwesterly windflow prevailing over the group.

Such weather condition is predicted to induce isolated to scattered showers with brief heavy falls in some areas for today.

Moreover, expect improving weather by tomorrow as the system recedes farther south of the islands, hence, a possible cancellation of all the valid Advisories by later today.
Potential Impacts:
Heavy downpours with poor visibility, foggy and slippery roads over mountain passes and ranges, pooling near roadsides and waterways. Flooding and landslides are possible.