Cyclone Hola tracking our way

There have been unusual weather patterns this spring, summer and now autumn – having unusual weather patterns aren’t unusual, but these ones have resulted in a record warm summer, and more tropical cyclones than usual heading our way.

The latest, Tropical Cyclone Hola, is currently tracking towards the North Island and is likely to bring increased winds and rainfall – just after areas in lower North island have suffered from flooding, and just over two weeks since Cyclone Gita passed over the upper South Island (and affected most of the South Island and the lower North Island).

Yesterday afternoon:

Latest tracking (Saturday morning) from Cyclocane:

All that seems certain is the North Island of New Zealand will suffer some effects from the tail end of Cyclone Hola.

The cyclone is currently tracking south-east parallel to New Caledonia, and has picked up strength again (it will weaken as it nears New Zealand):

RNZ: Cyclone Hola intensifies to a category three

The Vanuatu Met Service says Tropical Cyclone Hola intensified overnight into a category three system.

The head of forecasting for the New Caledonian weather service, Gabrielle Castella said the Loyalty Islands were likely to feel the worst overnight and into Saturday.

“According to our forecast we expect very bad weather conditions from Friday afternoon until Saturday with violent gusts up to 70 knots and very heavy rain.

“Severe gusts and heavy rain are also expected in the south of New Caledonia so the level two of the cyclone alert system has been activated.”

Gabrielle Castella said people in the Loyalty islands needed to prepare now for Friday evening’s severe gales and heavy rain as well as storm surges and large sea swells.



  1. Gezza

     /  March 10, 2018

    That this cyclone is supoosedly tracking toward New Zealand even got a mention on Aljazeera, although it was said to have reduced to a category 2 at the time. It must have strengthened again. They noted that it’ll be the third one this Summer to hit NZ & that even if the storm’s winds have reduced it’s the rain & flooding which causes the most problems here.

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  March 10, 2018

    I see there’s another north of Hola. Latest wind map shows Hola weakening a lot before it comes down our east coast.

  3. It is now predicted to pass down the north-eastern coastline:

    This will reduce it’s potential impact, but will still have an effect,