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Deadly, rare tornado hits New Zealand

Thursday, 06 Dec, 2012 - 01:03

Dec. 6 - Three people are killed and several injured as a ''mini tornado'' rips through parts of New Zealand's largest city of Auckland. Sarah Charlton reports.

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The aftermath of a rare storm in New Zealand's largest city of Auckland. Three people died here on Thursday (December 6) when the area was hit by unusual storm, described as a "mini tornado". Two of those lost their lives when concrete slabs were torn from a building site and hit their vehicle. At least seven people have been sent to hospital with injuries. Residents say the tornado swept through the area with frightening power. SOUNDBITE: (English) UNIDENTIFIED PERSON SAYING: "The car started to tilt and started to lift. The wind was just going nuts around us, trees were flying at us, bottles were flying at us and, the next thing you know, this dark shadow is coming towards us. I went: 'my goodness what is that?' to my friend. And we went: 'what is it? It's a boat'." As locals clean up after the onslaught, military personnel are checking the area for further casualties. Officials warned the city could see more severe weather later on Thursday.

Deadly, rare tornado hits New Zealand

Thursday, 06 Dec, 2012 - 01:03

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