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One person killed and houses damaged as tornado hits Auckland

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One person killed and houses damaged as tornado hits Auckland

One person has died while another two were injured when a tornado struck a shipping container facility in the New Zealand city of Auckland.

In footage shared on a local news website, extensive damage to homes in the suburb of Papatoetoe can be seen.

Residents called the emergency services to report their roofs being blown away, with windows smashed, and trees torn down in the extreme winds.

The tornado struck at around 8.30am on Saturday. Authorities at the port of Auckland issued a statement saying: “We are shocked by this freak event and our thoughts are with the people affected.”

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