“Potential for more across the North Island this afternoon”
– Waikato and Auckland now in firing line
Newstalk ZB is reporting that a mini tornado has torn through central New Plymouth.
The twister was first sighted on Molesworth St at 1pm. It quickly tore up Gover St, leaving damaged houses and shops in its wake.
Witness Gillian Kiss says she is still in shock. She says police are diverting traffic and fire crews are assessing the damage. No injuries have been reported.
The Radio Network’s Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan says a huge band of thunderstorms is at this stage spreading into western areas. “We’re warning rain falls could be heavy enough to cause surface flooding during these embedded storms. Winds may easily reach gale force within seconds”.
Mr Duncan is warning regions south of Auckland and north of Taranaki are most at risk. “There’s the potential for more mini twisters to form in those regions between now and dusk. Auckland and Waikato are most at risk at the rain band moves in”.