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Tropical cyclone

Tropical cyclone

This satellite image shows the distinctive whirlwind shape of tropical cyclones. Although not covering a vast area, tropical cyclones have very intense low-pressure centres with hurricane winds. They do not often reach as far south as New Zealand, but when they do, they can cause severe weather and flooding.

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Erick Brenstrum, 'Weather - Tropical cyclones', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Erick Brenstrum, published 12 Jun 2006