Property damaged after tornado reportedly hits northern Taranaki

Mon, May 22
Trees brought down by reported tornado in Taranaki.

A shed has been damaged and trees uprooted after a tornado reportedly hit northern Taranaki this afternoon.

Photos sent to 1News by Eifion Williams show the aftermath in Urenui.

A barn damaged by reported tornado in Taranaki.

Williams told 1News the tornado came in from the sea, making its way up to his property and surrounding ones.

His nephew, who was home at the time, told him about the strong winds, which caused a bit of damage to the property.

"All of the surrounding properties are in a similar state," he said.

He said the twister weaved its way through houses as it continued its path.

"Luckily, it didn't go towards any of our houses. Otherwise, there might've been a few roofs pulled off."

It comes at Metservice warns of a “moderate risk” of thunderstorms across Taranaki, the ranges of Gisborne and northern Hawke's Bay.

MetService says the storms may bring localised rain, small hail and wind gusts.

So far, Fire and Emergency NZ has received no callouts following the reported twister.


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