from the NZ Herald
Tim O’Connor from auto parts workshop ACS Limited on Omahi St, Waikanae said he didn’t know what was happening when a [mini] tornado came through around 1.15 pm.
“I was upstairs in the office and I thought the weather was looking a bit odd so I raced downstairs and saw all this debris flying around.
“It just got worse and then the trees started coming through the building.”
Tree branches have pierced through the roof in multiple places, with two big Norfolk pine narrowly missing a Ferrari.
Carolyn Lawton from Coastal Landscape Supplies on Omahi St said in the 26 years she’s been here she’s never seen anything like it.
Fire and Emergency New Zealand shift manager Lyn Crosson said they have received several reports of a tornado in Waikanae and Paraparaumu.