03 May '11, 4am

Tornado hits New Zealand's Auckland, one death reported

Tornado hits New Zealand's Auckland, one death reported

WELLINGTON: A freak tornado hit New Zealand's largest city Auckland on Tuesday, killing two people and injuring dozens more as it ripped the roof off a suburban shopping mall. Packing winds of 200 kilometres an hour (125 miles an hour), the twister hit the suburb of Albany without warning at about 3pm (0300 GMT), flipping cars and uprooting trees as it carved a trail of destruction stretching for kilometres. Television footage showed huge pieces of roofing and debris flying through the air after the tornado hit, sending panicked locals fleeing for shelter. Witnesses said the tornado sounded like "a giant vacuum cleaner" when it tore across the Albany Megacentre, one of the largest shopping centres in the country. Auckland mayor Len Brown said two people were killed and dozens injured, adding the death toll could rise. "We've had two confirmed fatalities, it's absolutely di...

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