Monday, May 2, 2011
Watery wednesday/Outdoor Wednesday: Fatal Tornado
I was driving home exactly when the tornado struck. Of course I didn't know though the visibility was very low.
A roof has collapsed at a mall in the Auckland suburb of Albany and the building has been evacuated.
Police have confirmed injuries in the area and have received reports of 2 deaths, and many injuries..
Emergency services say the tornado followed a straight line south from Albany before dying out near Pt Chevalier to the west of Auckland Central.
WeatherWatch.co.nz reports the tornado that ripped through Albany would have had an average wind speed of 200km/hr.
The website's readers have reported cars lifted and thrown, roofs taken off and trees uprooted by the tornado.
Its head weather analyst Philip Duncan says that damage is consistent with wind speeds of between 180 and 200km/hr.