A tornado has ripped through Greymouth this afternoon,
tearing off a roof and damaging up to 10 properties.
Fire Service southern communications shift manager Tim
Reynolds said the fire service responded calls after the
destructive winds hit south western suburb of Blaketown
shortly before 5pm.
No one had been reported injured, he said.
A roof had lifted off one house and other homes suffered
Greymouth resident Sarah Shaw and her husband were driving
past Mawhera Quay in Blaketown when the tornado hit some
"I just looked up and happened to notice it and said to my
husband 'look at that cloud. Is that a tornado or a water
"Then we saw heaps of debris flying through the air so we
knew it was. It looked like bits of wood or maybe roofing
iron were being tossed around."
Power was out at her house for a short time but had since
come back on.