A small tornado in Kaikoura has lifted a roof and brought
down power lines in the coastal township.
Police received a call from a member of the public who
reported the tornado on Beach road, in the centre of the
town, about 9am, Southern Police communications shift manager
Paul Reed said.
It lifted the roof off a house, which "went flying across the
road", and is believed to have brought down power lines,
which remained on the road, he said.
No-one was hurt but power had been cut to several areas.
Police and emergency services remain at the scene and traffic
had been halted.
The wild weather had affected local businesses, with Whale
Watch cancelling its tours today. It also a casualty of the
power cut, a staff member said.