Tornado damage in Devonport. Photo / Brett Phibbs.
Strong winds have caused significant but localised damage
on Auckland's North Shore this evening.
The Fire Service said it had received reports of trees and
power lines brought down in the area around Wairoa Rd and
Vauxhall Rd, Devonport.
Debris littered Vauxhall Rd and large sheets of corrugated
iron hung on power lines like washing hung up to dry.
A police officer was overheard saying a house had been
Stunned Devonport residents converged near a police cordon to
see what was going on.
"We heard the wind coming through first. We heard this really
loud whistling sound and then it came towards us but then
veered off a bit,'' resident Paul Dalebroux said.
It pushed trampolines over and caused damage to numerous
houses, he said.
"It wasn't very big so it wasn't that scary,'' he said.
But his daughter, Chantal, 12, disagreed: "Yes it was. We
were sheltering in the hinges of the bathroom door,'' she
Victoria Silvey, 12, was in her lounge when she saw timber,
leaves and poles "floating in the air''.
They were whirling around in a funnel that lasted about 30
seconds before leaving the area, she said.
Callers to the Fire Service reported seeing a tornado but
both MetService and WeatherWatch said there was no evidence
WeatherWatch said their initial thoughts were that it was
"probably a straightline squall wind'' that followed a sudden
Significant thunderstorms are currently forming over Waikato,
They are forecast to be much more severe than the ones
exprienced in Auckland this afternoon.