Remnants of Cyclone Debbie to slam New Zealand

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Cyclone Debbie approaching New Zealand. Photo: MetService

Cyclone Debbie, the storm which devastated parts of northern Queensland, is due to bring torrential rain and high winds to  New Zealand from Monday afternoon.

Debbie caused widespread destruction in the Australian state last week and the former cyclone could dump up to 75mm of rain in parts of the North Island from Monday through to Thursday.

The storm is expected to reach parts of the South Island on Wednesday and Thursday.

Areas expected to get the heaviest rain are Taranaki, Whanganui, and the Tararua Ranges. Central New Zealand is being told to prepare for floods and slips from the heavy rain.

MetService said a deep low would be approaching northern New Zealand on Tuesday, before crossing the rest of the country on Wednesday and Thursday.