Cyclone Hale 7 January to 12 January 2023
Cyclone Hale began its journey as a tropical depression named 93P on 4th January just south of the Gulf of Carpentaria and moved into the Coral Sea off the far North Queensland coast. Over the next 3 days the tropical depression moved south-eastward and eventually strengthened to tropical storm 07P named by JTWC. Later on 7th January the storm reached category 1 and was named Hale by the Fiji Met service. Tropical cyclone Hale continued travelling south-east and passed 300 km south of New Caledonia towards the Kermadec Islands.
Cyclone Hale then commenced the transition to become an extratropical cyclone over the course of the next 24 hours and passed to the west of the Kermadec Islands, commencing to be steered south-west towards the North Island late 9th Janaury. Heavy rain spiraled eastward into the Coromandel Peninsula, northern Auckland, lower Northland and Great Barrier Island during the morning of 10th January with rainfall totals between 100 to 300mm recorded in 24 hours. Flooding and slips were the main causes of damage. Wind gusts of 69 knots (128 km/h) were recorded on Channel Island.