Thursday, December 6, 2012

A stormy day in the Queen City

UPDATED: The Herald reports:

Three people have been killed after severe weather - including an apparent tornado - hit west Auckland this afternoon.
Police sources have just confirmed that three had died in the west Auckland storm.
Fire services communications manager Peter Stevenson said two people had been killed when a slab of concrete fell onto a truck at the St Georges Rd intersection
NewstalkZB has also reported that two people are dead and a third is missing after a tornado ripped through the west Auckland suburb of Hobsonville this afternoon. This report has not been confirmed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected in some way by this developing tragedy. There is still unstable weather in the region, and both RadioLive and Newstalk ZB are getting live reports from people in the area. 

And when a tornado was blowing through, we somehow doubt that we would be standing by a window filming it. Someone did though; check it out here courtesy of TVNZ


Sounds as though Auckland is having a rough day; the Herald reports:

A tornado has reportedly hit Hobsonville, tearing down trees and ripping panels from the motorway.
Fire, police and ambulance are racing to multiple callouts in Hobsonville and Upper Harbour and it It is understood a number of people may have been injured as a result.
The military are also believed to have been called in to assist.
Police were unable to comment on the situation as they were still being inundated with 111 calls from the Waitakere area.
A Fire Service spokesman said there appeared to be "significant building damage" and a number of people trapped.
"Wallingford Way is one street that has been particularly affected."
He said Fire Service teams were on the scene with more on the way.
Fire Service spokesperson Scott Osmond said there had been a number of callouts in West Auckland in the past hour due to the wild weather.
A roof had caved in at Mastertrade on Moselle Avenue, Henderson, he said, while there were reports of chimneys being toppled and roofs blown off in Hobsonville.

Callers to Newstalk ZB said the apparent tornado had brought down lights on the motorway and there were "dozens and dozens" of trees on the side of the road.
It hit the Upper Harbour motorway near Whenuapai.
Callers also said that it tore huge wooden panels off the side of the motorway, with heavy rain at the time.
Vector Energy has reported a power outage for the area of Hobsonville, with power not due to return until 2.30pm.

The wind has picked up here in the last hour or so, but certainly not to Auckland proportions. Here's hoping that reported injuries are of the minor variety.

And it's at times like this that we appreciate the work of our emergency services; kia kaha.

We'll bring updates of any significance in due course; stay safe out there people... 

UPDATE: RadioLive has just said that there are UNCONFIRMED reports of two deaths and at least seven injuries; that's not the news that anyone wanted to hear.

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