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August 1942 New Zealand High Winds ( 1942-08-26 )

Northland

TornadoTornado at Kaitaia
Map Location: -35.107541 173.248564
Comments:

CommentA tornado struck Kaitaia at 10:45am on the 26th.

Property DamageThe tornado cut a swath of destruction through the town. The roofs and verandas of most buildings in the main street collapsed or disappeared. A small house was lifted, completely turned around and smashed to pieces on Awanui Road. Part of a furniture shop was destroyed and several store sheds were destroyed. The large Ford garage was mostly demolished. The verandahs and portions of the roof of the Drapery store were carried away. The roof and balcony of a boarding house were lifted off. Part of the Theatre roof was blown off. A milking shed was flattened and a small hut was completely wrecked.. The chimney and skylights on the roof of Vega's resturant were damaged.

CasualtiesA 10-year-old boy was killed by flying objects. He died in hospital from a fractured skull and severe haemorrhage.

InjuriesEight people required hospital attention for injuries - a boy aged 4, a girl aged 8, a boy aged 15, a boy aged 18, two married ladies, a married man and a single lady.

CommentThis was the worst tornado on record (up to 1945) with respect to injuries.

CommentThe trail of devastation began at the north end of town.

Property DamageAn empty school bus was lifted in the air and smashed. A car was lifted bodily and deposited on an empty section.

Affected LifelineAll communication services suffered to some extent.

Total DamageThe amount of damage done was estimated at £60,000 ($4,556,000 2008 dollars)

HailHail
Comments:

CommentThe tornado was preceded by thunder and a heavy hail storm.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain
Comments:

CommentThe tornado was followed by light rain.

DurationThe damage and casualties occurred in the space of five seconds.

Manawatu-Wanganui

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Shannon
Map Location: -40.551271 175.420312
Comments:

Peak Wind SpeedShannon recorded a peak gust of 73 knots (135 km/hr) on the 26th, at 130 degrees true.

References

Seelye, C.J. (1945). Tornadoes in New Zealand. N.Z.J.Sci. and Tech. 27(2): 166-174
New Zealand Meteorlogical Service. Technical Information Circular No. 191, Extreme Wind Gusts.
Headline: Damage estimated at £60,000; town under military
The Northern Advocate, 26 August 1942.
Headline: Tornado strikes Kaitaia; 1 dead 8 in hospital; main street hit.
The Northern Advocate, 26 August 1942.
Headline: Restoring order in wake of yesterday's cyclone.
The Northern Advocate, 27 August 1942.

August 1942 New Zealand High Winds ( 1942-08-26 )

Northland

TornadoTornado at Kaitaia
Map Location: -35.107541 173.248564
Comments:

CommentA tornado struck Kaitaia at 10:45am on the 26th.

Property DamageThe tornado cut a swath of destruction through the town. The roofs and verandas of most buildings in the main street collapsed or disappeared. A small house was lifted, completely turned around and smashed to pieces on Awanui Road. Part of a furniture shop was destroyed and several store sheds were destroyed. The large Ford garage was mostly demolished. The verandahs and portions of the roof of the Drapery store were carried away. The roof and balcony of a boarding house were lifted off. Part of the Theatre roof was blown off. A milking shed was flattened and a small hut was completely wrecked.. The chimney and skylights on the roof of Vega's resturant were damaged.

CasualtiesA 10-year-old boy was killed by flying objects. He died in hospital from a fractured skull and severe haemorrhage.

InjuriesEight people required hospital attention for injuries - a boy aged 4, a girl aged 8, a boy aged 15, a boy aged 18, two married ladies, a married man and a single lady.

CommentThis was the worst tornado on record (up to 1945) with respect to injuries.

CommentThe trail of devastation began at the north end of town.

Property DamageAn empty school bus was lifted in the air and smashed. A car was lifted bodily and deposited on an empty section.

Affected LifelineAll communication services suffered to some extent.

Total DamageThe amount of damage done was estimated at £60,000 ($4,556,000 2008 dollars)

HailHail
Comments:

CommentThe tornado was preceded by thunder and a heavy hail storm.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain
Comments:

CommentThe tornado was followed by light rain.

DurationThe damage and casualties occurred in the space of five seconds.

Manawatu-Wanganui

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Shannon
Map Location: -40.551271 175.420312
Comments:

Peak Wind SpeedShannon recorded a peak gust of 73 knots (135 km/hr) on the 26th, at 130 degrees true.

References

Seelye, C.J. (1945). Tornadoes in New Zealand. N.Z.J.Sci. and Tech. 27(2): 166-174
New Zealand Meteorlogical Service. Technical Information Circular No. 191, Extreme Wind Gusts.
Headline: Damage estimated at £60,000; town under military
The Northern Advocate, 26 August 1942.
Headline: Tornado strikes Kaitaia; 1 dead 8 in hospital; main street hit.
The Northern Advocate, 26 August 1942.
Headline: Restoring order in wake of yesterday's cyclone.
The Northern Advocate, 27 August 1942.