03 May '11, 4am

One person was killed and several hurt after a tornado hit a shopping mall in the NZ city of Auckland

One person was killed and several hurt after a tornado hit a shopping mall in the NZ city of Auckland

Emergency workers loo at a traffic light that was destroyed after a tornado ripped through the suburb of Albany in Auckland. -- PHOTO: REUTERS WELLINGTON - A TORNADO hit New Zealand's largest city Auckland on Tuesday, killing two people and injuring dozens more as the twister ripped the roof off a suburban shopping mall. Television footage showed huge pieces of debris flying through the air after the tornado, packing winds of 200kmh, hit at about 3pm (0300 GMT, 1pm Singapore time), flipping over cars and uprooting trees as it carved a trail of destruction in the suburb of Albany. Witnesses said the tornado sounded like 'a giant vacuum cleaner' when it tore across the Albany Megacentre shopping mall. Auckland mayor Len Brown said two people were killed and dozens injured, adding the death toll could rise. Witness Rob Crawford said the scene resembled a disaster movie. 'Car ...

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