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Cars tossed about, buildings damaged, man injured in Kapiti

A tornado has caused significant damage in Kapiti late Saturday afternoon.

Twitter user @mundens says “Waikanae by cell from friends: Pine trees ripped up cars tossed about emergency services attending”.

Hail / Melissa Waikane

Another @WeatherWatchNZ follower, Steve Biddle, says there has been damage to multiple homes in Paraparaumu.

MetService is predicting squalls with gusts to 110km/h in the area. is predicting squalls too and is the only weather forecaster to predict tornados today.

It’s still unclear if the damaging winds were due to a squall or a tornado.

But says the risk of isolated tornados will continue until as late as Tuesday.

The risk will continue tonight for damaging squalls and isolated tornadoes south of Taranaki mainly near the coastline.

On Sunday the risk will be the same but will extend a little further north into King Country.

For Monday and Tuesday the risk extends along the entire western coastline says

In Kapiti locals say it was a terrifying few moments as the malevolent whirlwind tossed cars and pine trees about.

Police say there are reports of a van blown over on the State Highway.

A man in the van was injured.

The wind may have also lifted the roof from a house and blown debris onto the highway, blocking traffic.

One woman was blown over by high winds and others rushed to help her.

Local resident Laurie Petherick was out taking photographs of the storm and mini waterspouts, when he saw his elderly neighbour all of a sudden knocked to the ground.

He says she had been knocked out and there was a pool of blood around her head, but came to smiling, not knowing where she was.

Laurie Petherick says the whirlwind today was one of the worst he had ever seen.

– with NewstalkZB

Did you witness the damaging winds?  Post a comment and let us know.


Diana on 9/07/2011 8:45am

Heavy rain and very strong winds from 4 pm onwards today.. fork and sheet lighting and loud thunder bolts.. it was a pretty site to watch the lighting dancing along the hills towards Palmerston north and on large factory buildings along Railway Road in Palmy.

Please check road conditions before venturing out anywhere to night or stay indoor avoid any unnecessary travel

Guest on 9/07/2011 6:34am

Well lost all my Television reception do to the lightning energy damaging my masthead amplifier.

RW on 9/07/2011 5:40am

A harmless day in Wellington – sun for most of it, couple of light showers after 2pm and now clear again.

David on 9/07/2011 7:39am

Big thunderstorm here in Porirua/Whitby at 2.10pm, big squalls, heavy rain, small to medium hail and lots of thunder and lightning very close by.
Lasted about 20 minutes.

Melissa on 9/07/2011 5:35am

Huge hailstorm here in Waikanae at about 4pm, Hail 5cm in diameter! (tried to download photo of hail but site said the file was too big?) Was a huge squally wind before the hail, no damage at our house, we are nearer the beach, I think the most damage was nearer the hill. We have put the cars in the garage!

AndyFromTeHoro on 9/07/2011 5:26am

Major winds or twister hit Peka Peka (North of Waikanae) – several cars stopped at side of SH1 with their windows smashed – presumably by flying debris. Trees down and barn appears to be flattened! Gonna be some major traffic delays there…

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