Category : News
Author: James Fyfe

A massive clean-up effort is continuing on Sunday after an apparent tornado struck south Auckland on Saturday.

Hundreds of homes were damaged in Papatoetoe, and one person lost their life after they were picked up and thrown into a solid object by the strong winds while working in a container yard in Wiri.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said about 240 houses were damaged in the weather event, including 60 that are inhabitable.

"Given the damage, we are however fortunate that the injuries and loss of life were not greater," Goff wrote on Facebook. 

"Really impressed with the resilience of those affected and the community spirit of helping each other."

Auckland Emergency Management estimated the total number of homes affected by the tornado in Papatoetoe and surrounding areas was closer to 1200.

Note from Nighthawk.NZ:

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