Sunday, March 31, 2013

Tornado Rips Through New Zealand Town of Hokitika

A tornado in Hokitika has reportedly lifted roofs off buildings and toppled road signs and power poles.

Newstalk ZB listener Georgia McMeeking was leaving a restaurant a short time ago when she heard what sounded like a plane engine accelerating.

She says she felt a massive gust of wind which looked like a tornado and saw branches being blown down the street.

"At the moment I'm standing opposite the jade factory, on the main road in Hokitika, and parts of the roofs have come off, power poles and road signs have been completely flattened. Lots of branches all over and emergency services have just arrived."

Police say a number of buildings in Hokitika, including the hotel, have lost their roofs.

It is not known whether anyone has been injured.