A roof has collapsed at a mall in the Auckland suburb of Albany and the building is being evacuated, reports say. Police have confirmed injuries in the area.
The Fire Service has dispatched multiple appliances to the area and is receiving 111 calls from residents.
Samantha Davey from Albany Optometrists said it appeared that part of the roof at the neighbouring Albany Mega Centre had been torn away.
“We are a bit above the mall, looking down from our building we can see part of the mall roof is gone,” she said.
“It looks like it’s the bit behind Number 1 shoe Warehouse but our building is a bit above on Corinthian Drive so it’s hard to tell.
“There’s people at Work and Income, they said they saw a car swept up in it.”
Miss Davey said the tornado passed “fairly quickly” but wasn’t roaring as it may have been imagined.
One of her colleagues said her in-laws lost a few tiles of their roof in Unsworth.
The tornado is believed to have hit at 3pm and ended after a couple of minutes.
on 3/05/2011 5:25am
I live just up from Kaipatiki Road – saw and heard the tornado – very frightening. Ran down street to see perhaps a dozen trees on road, at least 6 cars trapped beneath and between them. Several people trapped in cars including children and babies, but all were helped out. Had it occurred 5 mins later then high school students from Glenfield college would undoubtedly be caught up in the mess.
on 3/05/2011 4:32am
Roofs now lifting in Point Chev
on 3/05/2011 4:24am
Confirm 2 Dead, 20+ With minor to Major injuries
on 3/05/2011 4:04am
Its been raining pink batts in our area ( Beachhaven) — bits of shredded pink batts all over the place!
on 3/05/2011 4:18am
Had a clear view of the front tracking over west Auckland soon after the reports of the tornado came in.
It was definitely spinning up small funnel clouds as it was leaving Auckland.
I think we are very lucky they didn’t touch down again in West Auckland.