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Small tornado rips through Raglan

A small tornado brought down a tree, broke windows and damaged a roof in Raglan this afternoon.

Raglan police officer Constable Jeremy Holmes estimated the tornado had caused damage over a two-block radius.

“Quiet a few big branches have been broken off, there was a chimney down on a property, which also had a couple of popped windows.”

Firefighters had told him that some outdoor furniture had also blown onto the roof of a house, and that a car was trapped under a tree.

Fire Service spokesman Scott Osmond said emergency services received three calls about the tornado from Taipari and Tahuna Ave around midday.

No-one was injured.

The same thunderstorm that was thought to have brought the tornado was now moving towards Hamilton, Mr Osmond said.

– Homepage image / File, Tina Sloan



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