Donna downgraded but downpours coming

Noon Thursday. Rain maps courtesy of the US Government & Weathermap

There is no more 'Cyclone Donna' - the storm fell apart on Wednesday while trying to depart the New Caledonia area but ran into unfavourable conditions to do so, tearing the cyclone apart.

However, the rainy remnants left over by this record breaking historic May tropical storm are heading towards New Zealand, says

“Combining today and tomorrow with a system in the Tasman Sea to produce very heavy rain over the Tasman Sea and then parts of New Zealand.

“As a result of this weather merger a new low is forming and this is north west of New Zealand.”

This is further west than most of the tracking yesterday with exception of the Canadian Meteorological Center which did pick this shift, says the weather organisation.

“There is good news and bad for New Zealand.

“The good is that a cyclone is not coming and even a sub-tropical "storm" looks unlikely for New Zealand.

“The bad news is that Donna's remnants are packed full of tropical moisture and combined with a system in the Tasman Sea heavy downpours may become torrential overnight tonight and on Friday across an already drenched and wetter than average North Island. This significantly increases the risks of slips and flooding.”

Midnight Thursday.

The centre of this sub-tropical low will track very near to, or possibly even over, regions of the upper North Island then it should track east still and continue to deepen and develop as it moves away from the North Island on Saturday - leaving a cold, windy, southerly behind before a high over the weekend settles the weather for most.

Donna's rainy remnants may well bring areas of flooding to the North Island, especially on top of two ex-cyclones in recent weeks and other sub-tropical flood events.  

People are advised to keep up with any government weather warnings as well.

By Saturday morning this low should be clearing New Zealand to the east.

Noon Friday.

Midnight Friday.

Noon Saturday.


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