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Tornado rips through NZ beach community

Damage at an Ohope Beach property. Photo/Ohope Volunteer Fire Brigade
Damage at an Ohope Beach property. Photo/Ohope Volunteer Fire Brigade

A mini tornado ripped through Ohope Beach, uprooting trees and damaging properties yesterday.

According to their Facebook page, the Ohope Volunteer Fire Brigade spent yesterday morning doing emergency repairs to houses on Te Taiawatea Drive after what appeared to be a mini tornado tore through the neighbourhood, damaging fences, smashing windows and blowing tiles from roofs.

Damage at an Ohope Beach property. Photo/Ohope Volunteer Fire Brigade
Damage at an Ohope Beach property. Photo/Ohope Volunteer Fire Brigade

People on the brigade's Facebook page have described the wind as "incredible" and "loud", "like a low-flying plane".

One said their new trampoline ended up in the neighbours' property.


This accompanied heavy rain for most of the Bay of Plenty and Rotorua yesterday. Surface flooding was reported in some areas.

The weather looks set to be more settled today. Fine spells and the odd shower are forecast for the region.

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