Parts of the central and upper North Island have experienced violent weather conditions over the last 24 hours with tornadoes, heavy rain and a fatal landslip.
Tornadoes affecting parts of Taranaki including New Plymouth, have pummelled the area early this morning.
Reports of shattered glass windows, roofs damaged and power out in the centre of New Plymouth have come in.
Iron was ripped from roofs, windows were blown in and power poles toppled as the twisters made their way from the central business district to residential areas.
They followed a path from Placemakers to Pak ‘N Save, and police wanted anyone with businesses or homes on that route to check them for damage.
No one was injured but a person in one house was showered with debris as they lay in bed.
Yesterday the Bay of Plenty was hit by heavy rain which resulted in a landslip through a home causing what is believed to be the death of a teenager.
Hugh Biddle, 17 was buried under tonnes of earth which smashed into the house in Ohope, Eastern Bay of Plenty.
The slip happened just before noon and was caused by a deluge of heavy rain – 76mm in seven hours – which also flooded the Whakatane town centre.
A tornado also ripped through South Auckland yesterday, smashing glass, damaging roofs and tossing recycling bins around.Fisher & Paykel Appliances in East Tamaki was worst hit when the tornado struck about 9.30am.
Conditions are expected to ease today however some localised heavy showers are still possible with isolated thunderstorms.
WeatherWatch.co.nz and NZHerald
on 18/06/2011 9:12pm
I was Asleep when the Tornadoes struck but i soon got woken up with massive downpour of rain then they hit it was gale force winds for a bout 5 mins very scary but fortunately didn’t hit me but all the same was a scary experience I thort the roof would lift or windows might blow in( I didn’t know to the east of me tornadoes were smashing into the centre of town this is almost like july 2007 in a way when our region got hit by over 50 tornadoes and 1 tornado is just like the one that ripped the roof off placemakers it’s come in at roughly the same area as July 2007did.
Right now 09:12am another heavy band of torrential rain pummeling us as i write this not looking good for us looking out towards the sea
on 18/06/2011 8:53pm
Did someone query locations?
Just read the story and tell them to get over themselves! Peoples lives are lost and damage caused and some plonker says about locations…really get a grip!!
on 18/06/2011 8:43pm
just out of interest, how come Taranaki, New Plymouth, Ohope and Whakatane are described as “upper north island”? i live in Whangarei and always thought the “upper north island” was north of us!! surely those locations are more central north island.
on 18/06/2011 8:49pm
Had a imaginery line from New Plymouth across to Napier northwards as the upper North island and the far north is Northland and north Auckland.
We’ve added the central North Island to the story now as well to avoid further confusion.
WW weekend team