Twin cyclones may hit New Zealand next week

Already reeling from the impact of cyclone "Gabrielle," New Zealand may be hit by a pair of tropical cyclones next week, meteorologists said on Sunday

The pair may form in the South Pacific next week, with a potential risk of more rain and swells for eastern parts of New Zealand, local English daily New Zealand Herald reported citing MetService, the country's official meteorology department

However, unlike Gabrielle, the chances of another direct hit on the country are considered low at this stage, the newspaper reported

According to the MetService, a tropical low moving westward towards South Pacific Ocean county, Vanuatu, this afternoon was likely to develop into a tropical cyclone early this week

"Potentially 2 tropical cyclones developing this week

At this stage, the risk of either directly impacting New Zealand is relatively low

However, there is a lot to happen before the track becomes certain so things could change," it said in a Twitter post

Police on Sunday continued the search for at least eight people still missing after Gabrielle struck the nation two weeks ago, authorities said

Also read: Migrant shipwreck in Italy kills 43, 80 survivors reported Gabrielle lashed New Zealand's northern region on Feb

12, and subsequently battered the east coast, leaving at least 11 dead and displacing thousands

Historically, late February and early March mark the height of New Zealand's November-to-April cyclone season

Each season, around nine cyclones formed in the southwest Pacific, of which at least one traveled within 550 kilometers (342 miles) of the country, the newspaper reported


Date:27-Feb-2023 Reference:View Original Link