Earth watch Report  -  Tornado

Source: Adrian Shock
Damage in Auckland’s North Shore.

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08.10.2013 Tornado New Zealand Northland, Devonport Damage level Details

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Tornado in New Zealand on Tuesday, 08 October, 2013 at 08:12 (08:12 AM) UTC.

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A Devonport resident who lived through tonight’s horror tornado on Auckland’s North Shore has compared it to the killer Albany twister which left one dead in 2011. Aimee Bourke was at home on Vauxhall Road with her two children when the tornado hit soon after 6pm. “There was a storm, some really, really heavy rain and then there was a calm patch,” Mrs Bourke said. “And then this really, really loud wind noise came through and of course she screamed (Mrs Bourke’s daughter), we grabbed the kids and hunkered down in the hallway until it passed. “That’s my third tornado unfortunately. So straight away I realised what it was.” At least six houses in and around Mrs Bourke’s Vauxhall Road – the worst hit street from the tornado – suffered minor to serious damage.

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TVNZ NEWS

A Devonport resident who lived through tonight’s horror tornado on Auckland’s North Shore has compared it to the killer Albany twister which left one dead in 2011.

Aimee Bourke was at home on Vauxhall Road with her two children when the tornado hit soon after 6pm.

“There was a storm, some really, really heavy rain and then there was a calm patch,” Mrs Bourke said.

“And then this really, really loud wind noise came through and of course she screamed (Mrs Bourke’s daughter), we grabbed the kids and hunkered down in the hallway until it passed.

“That’s my third tornado unfortunately. So straight away I realised what it was.”

At least six houses in and around Mrs Bourke’s Vauxhall Road – the worst hit street from the tornado – suffered minor to serious damage.

Mrs Bourke, still visibly shaken over an hour after the event, had suffered through the Albany tornado and “one back in the 80s”, and today’s felt “very similar”.

“I’m still shaking, put it that way. And it’s been quite some time since it happened. So obviously it’s just really scary, the kids are freaking out and you just want to make sure you stay calm for them.

“But we’ve got a bit of a mess in our backyard, so I’ve already called the insurance company and put in a claim.

“We’ve got spouting down, two trees uprooted, trampoline twisted, back fence down and roofing iron down.”

She said the trampoline was completely twisted.

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