forecaster Philip Duncan joined us at 1pm for a live chat on Cyclone Lusi.

Cyclone Lusi continues to slide south towards New Zealand bringing severe gales and heavy rain. The low will track down the western side of NZ then cross over the South Island on Sunday night – before leaving the nation on Monday morning. Severe weather may affect a number of regions, so please check with MetService for the latest warnings & watches – and for special weather news updates across the weekend. For farmers wanting rain Lusi should deliver a soaking to a number of regions – but some may miss out due to the changing wind flow.

The tropical storm is set to track across the North Island tomorrow, before crossing the South Island on Sunday, according to the latest MetService forecast.

It is expected to bring severe gales, heavy rain and probably power cuts to much of New Zealand.

Lusi has already killed at least three people in Vanuatu including a 6-year-old boy trapped in a mudslide, and an elderly man and woman hit by flying debris