Rough weather, lightning, and reports of a tornado caused
extensive damage in North Canterbury last night.
Fire service shift manager Andrew Norris said a "cluster of
houses" in Amberley, 50km north of Christchurch, had been
badly damaged about 6.30pm.
Southern fire communications shift manager Karl Patterson
said the strong winds lifted tiles off roofs near the Burnham
Military Camp area and three houses in Amberley, 50km north
of Christchurch, were also affected.
"One house completely lost its roof, another house had
extensive roof damage [and] windows blown in."
The weather also caused power pole fires and trees to be
knocked down, Mr Patterson said.
"Apparently a tornado of some description sort of went
through just near the coast - it caused a little bit of
damage, but we did a check of all the houses in the area and
they were ok.
"We had a couple of fires started by lightning, we had a fire
in Halswell Quarry, out the south-west side of town.
"Also, in Little River we had a tree catch on fire in the
middle of a tree plantation of some description."
There were no reports of injuries, Mr Patterson said.
- Brendan Manning of APNZ