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Subject Freak tornado kills 3 in Auckland, New Zealand!!!
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Original Message At least three people have been killed following severe weather in west Auckland this afternoon. A multiple agency response centre has been set up at Whenuapai Airbase following the dramatic downpour, during which seven people have been injured. Four patients have been transported to North Shore Hospital and it is understood a steady stream of ambulances has been arriving since the storm hit. A series of tornadoes which ripped through the area are understood to have damaged multiple buildings, leaving a trail of destruction from Hobsonville to Henderson. 3 News understands two people working on a building site near Hobsonville Point have been killed by falling concrete slabs. Emergency services are on the scene, where a new high school is being constructed, and cordons are in place. A third person has also died in the storm, thought to have been hit by a falling tree. RadioLIVE is reporting the two men killed at the construction site are in their 20s. The very slow moving front responsible for the wild weather, is now understood to be clearing Auckland. A west Auckland resident captured the moment the tornado hit on camera. The footage was shot from the second storey of a building and shows a window being lashed by strong winds and rain. Around 150 homes have been displaced at Whenuapai with many deemed uninhabitable. A large number are also without power. At least 250 affected residents have been taken to Whenuapai Airbase, where they will be looked after by Auckland Council welfare staff. Civil Defence is also providing support. [link to hisz.rsoe.hu]
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