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Tornado hits New Zealand city of Auckland

A tornado has roared through the New Zealand city of Auckland, killing one person and injuring several more.

It touched down at about 1500 (0300 GMT) in the city's Albany area and then moved south, felling trees and tearing roofs off houses.

Cars were overturned by the tornado, which left a 5 km-long (three mile-long) trail of damage.

Inspector Gary Davey of New Zealand Police described the tornado as possessing a "significant amount of strength", whilst eyewitness Chonique Williams said it sounded as loud as a bomb.

Louisa Baldini reports.

  • 03 May 2011
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