Cyclone Dovi 5 February to 13 February 2022
Cyclone Dovi began its journey as a tropical depression named 92P on 5th February over the Coral Sea off the North Queensland coast. Over the next 3 days the tropical depression moved eastward and eventually arrived near Vanuatu where conditions became favourable for development. On 9th February 92P was upgraded by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center to tropical storm 11P. Soon after Fiji Met Service named the storm Tropical cyclone Dovi. On 10th February 10, Dovi continued to move south-southwest and passed through New Caledonia, where it became slow-moving and intensified into a category 2 system and then soon after became a Category 3 severe tropical cyclone, with 10-minute sustained winds of 65 knots (120 km/h; 75 mph). At around 1:00 pm on 11th February, Cyclone Dovi moved into MetService's area of responsibility. Three hours later, MetService subsequently reported that cyclone reached to a category 4 system.
Dovi then commenced the transition to become extratropical cyclone Dova over the course of the next 24 hours and passed to the west of Norfolk Island. On 12th February Dovi was an official extratropical cyclone and commenced moving south-east towards the North Island. Late on 12th February the upper North Island started to feel the impacts with wind gusts of 144 km/h reported on the east coast of Northland at Okahu Island. By morning on 13th February Dovi had moved to within 200 km west of Auckland, with a northerly wind gust recorded on Great Barrier Island of 175 km/h (95 knots / 45.8m/s). Dovi crossed the coast around the Waitomo district around 11am at 986 hPa with sustained winds of over 100 km/h, gusting to 160 km/h. Damage across the Upper North Island related to uprooted and fallen trees including injured person, widespread power blackouts. Disruption involved hundreds of cancelled flights, Auckland’s harbour bridge was closed at 9am for 5 hours and ferry’s cancelled for the day.