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SevereJuly 2007 Taranaki, Auckland and Tauranga Tornadoes ( 2007-07-04 )

Multiple tornadoes struck Taranaki, Auckland and the Bay of Plenty on the 4th and 5th July.

North Island

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at North Island
Duration:   4  days - From the 4th July till the 7th July.
Comments:

CauseThe tornadoes were caused by a combination of Antarctic cold air hitting warmer seas, creating thunderstoms. On the 4th: A complex low pressure system moved onto the South Island. A cold front and associated thunderstorms crossed the North Island during the afternoon, bringing tornadoes. Cold air moved onto the lower South Island, with snow levels lowering. On the 5th: A ridge from an anticyclone to the south of the Tasman Sea pushed cold air onto the South Island in a southwesterly flow. The low moved north to the west of central New Zealand, with another frontal disturbance in the evening, bringing more squally thunderstorms in the west and tornadoes. On the 5th: The low continued to move slowly north, bringing unsettled weather. There was a tornado in Northland. A southeasterly flow affected central and southern New Zealand.

TornadoTornado
Comments:

Affected LifelineFallen trees closed SH3 between New Plymouth and Wanganui in several places.

LightningLightning
Comments:

CommentA huge band of thunderstorms was spreading into western areas on the 4th.

Northland

TornadoTornado at Northland
Comments:

CommentA tornado was reported in Northland on the 6th.

Auckland

TornadoTornado at Botany Downs
Map Location: -36.907838 174.919761
Comments:

CommentA tornado struck Botany Downs in south-east Auckland amid a severe thunderstorm on the 4th, tearing through an area between Botany Rd and Golfland Drive at about 3.30pm.

InjuriesTwo people were taken to Middlemore Hospital with injuries. One person was hit by falling roof tiles.

DamageDamage from the tornado was minor compared to that in Taranaki. Up to 25 homes in were struck in four streets. The Fire Service attended to 20 houses suffering minor roof damage with tiles torn off. In Montecito Place roofs were torn off nine houses. The other streets affected were Botany Rd and Fencotie Pl.

Bay of Plenty

TornadoTornado at Tauranga
Map Location: -37.679548 176.172455
Comments:

CommentA tornado struck Tauranga at about 5.30pm on the 4th. The skies darkened and winds picked up.

DamageThe tornado damaged at least two roofs and sent outdoor furniture flying.

TornadoTornado at Whakatane
Map Location: -37.967356 176.992417
Comments:

DamageTwo small tornadoes touched down in Whakatane around 2am on the 5th, causing minor damage. Roof tiles were lifted, with one house losing approximately 40 tiles.

Taranaki

TornadoTornado at Taranaki
Comments:

CommentThere were two outbursts of squally thunderstorms that swept in from the Tasman Sea, spawning numerous tornadoes.

AreaAreas from Urenui in the north to Hawera in the south were affected.

CommentAbout seven tornadoes hit Taranaki on the night of the 5th during an electrical storm. They hit the region in Oakura, Egmont Village, Inglewood, Waitara and Bell Block from about 5.30 pm.

DamageRoofs were blown off, trees were uprooted, cars were lifted and spun around and debris was scattered widely. Up to 50 houses were damaged, some sustaining damage of up to 80%, making many uninhabitable.

ImpactMany people were left homeless. Twelve homeowners didn't expect to be back in their houses before Christmas.

Affected LifelineTrees blocked several roads on the 5th. The main state highway south of New Plymouth (SH45) was blocked. A bridge was also taken out.

Affected LifelinePower lines and poles were brought down by the tornadoes, some across roads. Power was cut to about 8000 consumers in Taranaki on the night of the 5th, affecting up to 20,000 people. Power outages started about 5.30pm on the 5th and affected areas including Urenui, Waitara, Bell Block, Oakura, Pungarehu, Opunake, Normanby and Hawera and also two towns in the Manawatu-Wanganui region. 1000 people were still without power on the night of the 6th and about 200 were without electricity on the afternoon of the 7th. Damage to the network was extensive.

Affected LifelineResidents were asked to conserve water over the weekend after two South Taranaki water treatment plants lost power.

Declared EmergencyCivil Defence emergency was declared in the New Plymouth District on the night of the 5th following another swarm of tornadoes. Residents were advised to stay indoors. The state of emergency was lifted on the 7th.

Insurance ClaimThe total insurance cost for the tornadoes of the 4th and 5th July was $8.3 million.

Insurance Claim1336 insurance claims were lodged.

Insurance ClaimResidential home and contents claims totalled $4.2 million.

Insurance ClaimCommercial claims totalled $3.2 million.

Insurance ClaimBusiness interruption/loss of profits totalled $530,000.

Insurance ClaimMotor vehicle claims totalled $216,000.

Damage CostTaranaki Civil Defence had a $40,000 bill for the hundreds of tarpaulins draped over roofless homes.

Damage CostOther costs included business interruption, accomodation from people whose homes were wrecked, motor vehicles and other items.

Peak Wind SpeedWind speed calclulations revealed that the maximum wind speeds in the strongest tornado were around 60-70 m/s (up to 250 km/hr).

LightningLightning
Comments:

Affected LifelineLightning strikes also caused a number of power faults.

TornadoTornado at Egmont Village
Map Location: -39.144561 174.148737
Comments:

Affected LifelineAt Egmont Village, trees were brought down across the road.

TornadoTornado at Hawera
Map Location: -39.587326 174.275718
Comments:

ImpactOne man became trapped in a house in Hawera.

TornadoTornado at Ihaia
Map Location: -39.392112 173.93067
Comments:

ImpactEight people were trapped in a vehicle surrounded by live powerlines on the corner of Wiremu Rd and Ihaia Rd.

TornadoTornado at Kapuni
Map Location: -39.481636 174.135366
Comments:

Affected LifelineThe Kapuni water treatment plant in South Taranaki was forced to close after power was lost.

TornadoTornado at Motonui
Comments:

Affected LifelineSH3 was closed near Motunui.

TornadoTornado at New Plymouth
Map Location: -39.05167 174.06915
Comments:

CommentAt about 1pm on the 4th, a single tornado occurred 3 km from the New Plymouth CBD. Eyewitnesses described a 10-metre high wall of debris that roared through the central city. It was at least 10m high and 15m wide. Based on the damage which occurred in New Plymouth, the tornado appeared to be a few metres wide and was at the lower end of the scale as far as tornadoes went (Bob McDavitt, MetService spokesman). The tornado came in off the sea and hit businesses as it headed south. Its path was traced for about 800m and firefighters believed it may have travelled in almost a 360 degree course.

DamageA 20-30-metre section of the Placemakers roof was torn off and went flying across the road, with only a large tree preventing it from smashing into Tasman Workwear and Safety. The tornado also damaged another six commercial buildings and several cars. The Le Mer grandstand lost 14 1.5m-2m square glass panels. There was an enormous amount of flying glass. The worst affected areas were Molesworth St and Gover St.

Affected LifelineRoads in the CBD were closed off.

InjuriesThree people were left with minor injuries. A man who was outside Placemakers received a small cut on his head from a shower of debris.

Damage CostTaranaki Racing Club faced up to $50,000 worth of repairs.

Physical CharacteristicWinds near the centre of the tornadoes on the 4th were gusting at around 100 km/hr.

Total DamageThe tornado in central New Plymouth on the 4th caused an estimated $1.5 million worth of damage.

TornadoTornado at Oakura
Map Location: -39.115805 173.953382
Comments:

CommentThe first reports were at 5.40pm as three tornadoes roared ashore at Oakura, some 12km north of New Plymouth.

Affected LifelineThe power was cut when the tornadoes arrived on the evening of the 5th and was still off at 11:30pm.

DamageThe most serious damage caused by the tornadoes on the 5th was centred in Oakura, where tornadoes had travelled right through the township. As many as 60 houses in Oakura were damaged, with at least six thought to be beyond repair. The worst-hit house in Oakura, on Messenger Tce, had almost its whole second storey blown off. Trees were uprooted, road signs and power poles were bent at right angles, glass shards were embedded in steel posts and a fence was blown almost 1km away. A mobile home in Oakura Holiday Camp was turned 180 degrees by a tornado.

InjuriesA 15-year-old girl from Oakura received minor injuries. A man was knocked out and received minor injuries when a tornado hit his caravan at Oakura Holiday Camp, tossing it more than 3m in the air.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain
Comments:

CommentThe tornadoes were preceded by unnaturally heavy rain.

LightningLightning
Comments:

CommentThe tornadoes were followed by thunder and lightning.

FloodingFlooding at Okato
Map Location: -39.191267 173.871121
Comments:

DamageA flash flood in the Katikara Stream sent chest-high water through a home in a valley between Oakura and Okato at about midnight on the 7th. A five-year-old boy was almost swept away, but the three occupants managed to escape out a window. A shed, car, tractor and caravan were also picked up by the flood and dumped about 100m downstream. Their organic vegetable garden was wiped out as well as theri aviary, containing birds. Chickens, ducks, a goldfish and a cat were also lost.

InjuriesThe man who had been in the house was treated for cuts to his feet.

ImpactThe wave of water took out a bridge on SH45 as a car was crossing it, sweeping the vehicle off the road.

CauseA farm dam was thought to have burst, releasing a build-up of debris into the Katikara Stream. It may have been weakened by the recent extreme weather.

TornadoTornado at Rahotu
Map Location: -39.325994 173.805636
Comments:

Affected LifelineThe Rahotu water treatment plant in South Taranaki was forced to close after power was lost.

TornadoTornado at Stratford
Map Location: -39.343721 174.267614
Comments:

DamageAbout ten Stratford houses were damaged by a twister which roared across the town at about 6pm in the middle of a thunderstorm.

TornadoTornado at Waitara
Map Location: -38.99701 174.213742
Comments:

DamageTrees were on fire in Waitara after being set alight by fallen power lines.

Manawatu-Wanganui

TornadoTornado at Rata
Map Location: -39.996902 175.515319
Comments:

Affected LifelinePower was cut in Rata by the tornadoes in Taranaki.

TornadoTornado at Raetihi
Map Location: -39.422167 175.269365
Comments:

Affected LifelinePower was cut in Raetihi by the tornadoes in Taranaki.

TornadoTornado at Wanganui
Map Location: -39.932232 175.028352
Comments:

CommentAt about 7.30pm on the 5th, a twister traced a selective path of destruction through the Wanganui suburb of Aramoho, from Cumbrae and Bute Pl, to Stewart St and across Somme Pde to the Wanganui River.

DamageThe tornado uprooted trees, knocked over fences and ripped a bus shelter from its concrete foundations.

References

Meteorological Society of New Zealand (Inc.), Newsletter 110, September 2007.
NIWA and GNS Science. (2007). Natural Hazards 2007, Hazards summary 2007, Focus on the Taranaki tornadoes, p11.
NIWA and GNS Science. (2007). Natural Hazards 2007, Insurance, 2007 - an expensive year for the insurance industry, p13.
Headline: Tornado brings New Plymouth to standstill.
www.nzcity.co.nz, Source: Newstalk ZB, 4 July 2007.
Headline: Second tornado hits Auckland suburb.
www.nzcity.co.nz, Source: Newstalk ZB, 4 July 2007.
Headline: Civil Defence emergency New Plymouth district.
www.nzcity.co.nz, Source: Newstalk ZB, 5 July 2007.
Headline: Tornadoes rip through New Plymouth, southeast Auckland.
www.nzherald.co.nz, Source: NZPA, Newstalk ZB and Herald Staff, 4 July 2007.
Headline: Roofs fly in twisters' triple hit.
www.nzherald.co.nz, Source: Herald Staff, NZPA and Newstalk ZB, 5 July 2007.
Headline: Tornado mayhem.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 6 July 2007.
Headline: Twisters strike Taranaki and Wanganui, warning for Northland.
www.nzherald.co.nz, Source: NZPA, 6 July 2007.
Headline: Twisters: 'After, it went spookily calm'.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 6 July 2007, 5:00am.
Headline: Why the spate of tornadoes?
www.nzherald.co.nz, Source: NZ Herald and NZPA, 6 July 2007, 12:00pm.
Headline: Tornadoes cause $7m damage, storms move north.
www.nzherald.co.nz, Source: NZ Herald, NZPA, Wanganui Chronicle and Newstalk ZB, 6 July 2007, 1:01pm.
Headline: State of emergency remains in tornado-struck Taranaki.
www.nzherald.co.nz, Source: NZPA, 6 July 2007, 3:49pm.
Headline: Tornado-damaged Taranaki braces for strong winds tonight.
www.nzherald.co.nz, Source: NZ Herald and NZPA, 6 July 2007, 6:15pm.
Headline: Tornado victim: 'I thought we were going to die'.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 7 July 2007, 5:00am.
Headline: State of emergency lifted in tornado-hit Taranaki.
www.nzherald.co.nz, Source: NZPA and Newstalk ZB, 7 July 2007, 3:05pm.
Headline: Grandson snatched from rampaging flood.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 9 July 2007, 5:00am.
Headline: Tornadoes whirl up a storm of paperwork.
www.nzherald.co.nz, Source: NZPA, 31 August 2007.
Headline: Tornadoes hit North Island.
www.stuff.co.nz, Rochelle West and Jenny McIntyre, 4 July2007.
Headline: Costly year for natural disasters.
www.stuff.co.nz, 3 May 2008.
Headline: State of emergency, Twisters leave trail of destruction in Taranaki.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: The Dominion Post and Taranaki Daily News, 6 July 2007.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: The Dominion Post, 7 July 2007. Tornadoes unlikely to affect insurance bills.
Headline: Insurers count cost of winter.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: The Dominion Post, Keri Welham, 16 July 2007.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: The Press, 6 July 2007. Norm wakes up with the fridge on top of him.
Headline: Hold on tight Taranaki - it's not over yet.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: The Press, 7 July 2007.
Headline: Hardware store bears brunt.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Taranaki Daily News, Staff Reporters, 5 July 2007.
Headline: North Island cleans up after tornadoes
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Taranaki Daily News, 5 July2007.
Headline: Damage may top $1 million.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Taranaki Daily News, Sharon Marris, 5 July2007.
Headline: Terror twister hits city.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Taranaki Daily News, 5 July 2007.
Headline: Twisters trail of destruction covers 140 km.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Taranaki Daily News, Mark Dwyer, 6 July 2007.
Headline: Taranaki state of emergency.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Taranaki Daily News, Mark Dwyer, 6 July 2007.
Headline: CD emergency as tornado swarm hits.
tvnz.co.nz, Source: ONE News, 5 July 2007.
Headline: Twister hits Wanganui.
www.wanganuichronicle.co.nz, Source: Nicola Lobban, Andrew Koubaridis and NZPA, 6 July 2007.

SevereJuly 2007 Taranaki, Auckland and Tauranga Tornadoes ( 2007-07-04 )

Multiple tornadoes struck Taranaki, Auckland and the Bay of Plenty on the 4th and 5th July.

North Island

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at North Island
Duration:   4  days - From the 4th July till the 7th July.
Comments:

CauseThe tornadoes were caused by a combination of Antarctic cold air hitting warmer seas, creating thunderstoms. On the 4th: A complex low pressure system moved onto the South Island. A cold front and associated thunderstorms crossed the North Island during the afternoon, bringing tornadoes. Cold air moved onto the lower South Island, with snow levels lowering. On the 5th: A ridge from an anticyclone to the south of the Tasman Sea pushed cold air onto the South Island in a southwesterly flow. The low moved north to the west of central New Zealand, with another frontal disturbance in the evening, bringing more squally thunderstorms in the west and tornadoes. On the 5th: The low continued to move slowly north, bringing unsettled weather. There was a tornado in Northland. A southeasterly flow affected central and southern New Zealand.

TornadoTornado
Comments:

Affected LifelineFallen trees closed SH3 between New Plymouth and Wanganui in several places.

LightningLightning
Comments:

CommentA huge band of thunderstorms was spreading into western areas on the 4th.

Northland

TornadoTornado at Northland
Comments:

CommentA tornado was reported in Northland on the 6th.

Auckland

TornadoTornado at Botany Downs
Map Location: -36.907838 174.919761
Comments:

CommentA tornado struck Botany Downs in south-east Auckland amid a severe thunderstorm on the 4th, tearing through an area between Botany Rd and Golfland Drive at about 3.30pm.

InjuriesTwo people were taken to Middlemore Hospital with injuries. One person was hit by falling roof tiles.

DamageDamage from the tornado was minor compared to that in Taranaki. Up to 25 homes in were struck in four streets. The Fire Service attended to 20 houses suffering minor roof damage with tiles torn off. In Montecito Place roofs were torn off nine houses. The other streets affected were Botany Rd and Fencotie Pl.

Bay of Plenty

TornadoTornado at Tauranga
Map Location: -37.679548 176.172455
Comments:

CommentA tornado struck Tauranga at about 5.30pm on the 4th. The skies darkened and winds picked up.

DamageThe tornado damaged at least two roofs and sent outdoor furniture flying.

TornadoTornado at Whakatane
Map Location: -37.967356 176.992417
Comments:

DamageTwo small tornadoes touched down in Whakatane around 2am on the 5th, causing minor damage. Roof tiles were lifted, with one house losing approximately 40 tiles.

Taranaki

TornadoTornado at Taranaki
Comments:

CommentThere were two outbursts of squally thunderstorms that swept in from the Tasman Sea, spawning numerous tornadoes.

AreaAreas from Urenui in the north to Hawera in the south were affected.

CommentAbout seven tornadoes hit Taranaki on the night of the 5th during an electrical storm. They hit the region in Oakura, Egmont Village, Inglewood, Waitara and Bell Block from about 5.30 pm.

DamageRoofs were blown off, trees were uprooted, cars were lifted and spun around and debris was scattered widely. Up to 50 houses were damaged, some sustaining damage of up to 80%, making many uninhabitable.

ImpactMany people were left homeless. Twelve homeowners didn't expect to be back in their houses before Christmas.

Affected LifelineTrees blocked several roads on the 5th. The main state highway south of New Plymouth (SH45) was blocked. A bridge was also taken out.

Affected LifelinePower lines and poles were brought down by the tornadoes, some across roads. Power was cut to about 8000 consumers in Taranaki on the night of the 5th, affecting up to 20,000 people. Power outages started about 5.30pm on the 5th and affected areas including Urenui, Waitara, Bell Block, Oakura, Pungarehu, Opunake, Normanby and Hawera and also two towns in the Manawatu-Wanganui region. 1000 people were still without power on the night of the 6th and about 200 were without electricity on the afternoon of the 7th. Damage to the network was extensive.

Affected LifelineResidents were asked to conserve water over the weekend after two South Taranaki water treatment plants lost power.

Declared EmergencyCivil Defence emergency was declared in the New Plymouth District on the night of the 5th following another swarm of tornadoes. Residents were advised to stay indoors. The state of emergency was lifted on the 7th.

Insurance ClaimThe total insurance cost for the tornadoes of the 4th and 5th July was $8.3 million.

Insurance Claim1336 insurance claims were lodged.

Insurance ClaimResidential home and contents claims totalled $4.2 million.

Insurance ClaimCommercial claims totalled $3.2 million.

Insurance ClaimBusiness interruption/loss of profits totalled $530,000.

Insurance ClaimMotor vehicle claims totalled $216,000.

Damage CostTaranaki Civil Defence had a $40,000 bill for the hundreds of tarpaulins draped over roofless homes.

Damage CostOther costs included business interruption, accomodation from people whose homes were wrecked, motor vehicles and other items.

Peak Wind SpeedWind speed calclulations revealed that the maximum wind speeds in the strongest tornado were around 60-70 m/s (up to 250 km/hr).

LightningLightning
Comments:

Affected LifelineLightning strikes also caused a number of power faults.

TornadoTornado at Egmont Village
Map Location: -39.144561 174.148737
Comments:

Affected LifelineAt Egmont Village, trees were brought down across the road.

TornadoTornado at Hawera
Map Location: -39.587326 174.275718
Comments:

ImpactOne man became trapped in a house in Hawera.

TornadoTornado at Ihaia
Map Location: -39.392112 173.93067
Comments:

ImpactEight people were trapped in a vehicle surrounded by live powerlines on the corner of Wiremu Rd and Ihaia Rd.

TornadoTornado at Kapuni
Map Location: -39.481636 174.135366
Comments:

Affected LifelineThe Kapuni water treatment plant in South Taranaki was forced to close after power was lost.

TornadoTornado at Motonui
Comments:

Affected LifelineSH3 was closed near Motunui.

TornadoTornado at New Plymouth
Map Location: -39.05167 174.06915
Comments:

CommentAt about 1pm on the 4th, a single tornado occurred 3 km from the New Plymouth CBD. Eyewitnesses described a 10-metre high wall of debris that roared through the central city. It was at least 10m high and 15m wide. Based on the damage which occurred in New Plymouth, the tornado appeared to be a few metres wide and was at the lower end of the scale as far as tornadoes went (Bob McDavitt, MetService spokesman). The tornado came in off the sea and hit businesses as it headed south. Its path was traced for about 800m and firefighters believed it may have travelled in almost a 360 degree course.

DamageA 20-30-metre section of the Placemakers roof was torn off and went flying across the road, with only a large tree preventing it from smashing into Tasman Workwear and Safety. The tornado also damaged another six commercial buildings and several cars. The Le Mer grandstand lost 14 1.5m-2m square glass panels. There was an enormous amount of flying glass. The worst affected areas were Molesworth St and Gover St.

Affected LifelineRoads in the CBD were closed off.

InjuriesThree people were left with minor injuries. A man who was outside Placemakers received a small cut on his head from a shower of debris.

Damage CostTaranaki Racing Club faced up to $50,000 worth of repairs.

Physical CharacteristicWinds near the centre of the tornadoes on the 4th were gusting at around 100 km/hr.

Total DamageThe tornado in central New Plymouth on the 4th caused an estimated $1.5 million worth of damage.

TornadoTornado at Oakura
Map Location: -39.115805 173.953382
Comments:

CommentThe first reports were at 5.40pm as three tornadoes roared ashore at Oakura, some 12km north of New Plymouth.

Affected LifelineThe power was cut when the tornadoes arrived on the evening of the 5th and was still off at 11:30pm.

DamageThe most serious damage caused by the tornadoes on the 5th was centred in Oakura, where tornadoes had travelled right through the township. As many as 60 houses in Oakura were damaged, with at least six thought to be beyond repair. The worst-hit house in Oakura, on Messenger Tce, had almost its whole second storey blown off. Trees were uprooted, road signs and power poles were bent at right angles, glass shards were embedded in steel posts and a fence was blown almost 1km away. A mobile home in Oakura Holiday Camp was turned 180 degrees by a tornado.

InjuriesA 15-year-old girl from Oakura received minor injuries. A man was knocked out and received minor injuries when a tornado hit his caravan at Oakura Holiday Camp, tossing it more than 3m in the air.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain
Comments:

CommentThe tornadoes were preceded by unnaturally heavy rain.

LightningLightning
Comments:

CommentThe tornadoes were followed by thunder and lightning.

FloodingFlooding at Okato
Map Location: -39.191267 173.871121
Comments:

DamageA flash flood in the Katikara Stream sent chest-high water through a home in a valley between Oakura and Okato at about midnight on the 7th. A five-year-old boy was almost swept away, but the three occupants managed to escape out a window. A shed, car, tractor and caravan were also picked up by the flood and dumped about 100m downstream. Their organic vegetable garden was wiped out as well as theri aviary, containing birds. Chickens, ducks, a goldfish and a cat were also lost.

InjuriesThe man who had been in the house was treated for cuts to his feet.

ImpactThe wave of water took out a bridge on SH45 as a car was crossing it, sweeping the vehicle off the road.

CauseA farm dam was thought to have burst, releasing a build-up of debris into the Katikara Stream. It may have been weakened by the recent extreme weather.

TornadoTornado at Rahotu
Map Location: -39.325994 173.805636
Comments:

Affected LifelineThe Rahotu water treatment plant in South Taranaki was forced to close after power was lost.

TornadoTornado at Stratford
Map Location: -39.343721 174.267614
Comments:

DamageAbout ten Stratford houses were damaged by a twister which roared across the town at about 6pm in the middle of a thunderstorm.

TornadoTornado at Waitara
Map Location: -38.99701 174.213742
Comments:

DamageTrees were on fire in Waitara after being set alight by fallen power lines.

Manawatu-Wanganui

TornadoTornado at Rata
Map Location: -39.996902 175.515319
Comments:

Affected LifelinePower was cut in Rata by the tornadoes in Taranaki.

TornadoTornado at Raetihi
Map Location: -39.422167 175.269365
Comments:

Affected LifelinePower was cut in Raetihi by the tornadoes in Taranaki.

TornadoTornado at Wanganui
Map Location: -39.932232 175.028352
Comments:

CommentAt about 7.30pm on the 5th, a twister traced a selective path of destruction through the Wanganui suburb of Aramoho, from Cumbrae and Bute Pl, to Stewart St and across Somme Pde to the Wanganui River.

DamageThe tornado uprooted trees, knocked over fences and ripped a bus shelter from its concrete foundations.

References

Meteorological Society of New Zealand (Inc.), Newsletter 110, September 2007.
NIWA and GNS Science. (2007). Natural Hazards 2007, Hazards summary 2007, Focus on the Taranaki tornadoes, p11.
NIWA and GNS Science. (2007). Natural Hazards 2007, Insurance, 2007 - an expensive year for the insurance industry, p13.
Headline: Tornado brings New Plymouth to standstill.
www.nzcity.co.nz, Source: Newstalk ZB, 4 July 2007.
Headline: Second tornado hits Auckland suburb.
www.nzcity.co.nz, Source: Newstalk ZB, 4 July 2007.
Headline: Civil Defence emergency New Plymouth district.
www.nzcity.co.nz, Source: Newstalk ZB, 5 July 2007.
Headline: Tornadoes rip through New Plymouth, southeast Auckland.
www.nzherald.co.nz, Source: NZPA, Newstalk ZB and Herald Staff, 4 July 2007.
Headline: Roofs fly in twisters' triple hit.
www.nzherald.co.nz, Source: Herald Staff, NZPA and Newstalk ZB, 5 July 2007.
Headline: Tornado mayhem.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 6 July 2007.
Headline: Twisters strike Taranaki and Wanganui, warning for Northland.
www.nzherald.co.nz, Source: NZPA, 6 July 2007.
Headline: Twisters: 'After, it went spookily calm'.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 6 July 2007, 5:00am.
Headline: Why the spate of tornadoes?
www.nzherald.co.nz, Source: NZ Herald and NZPA, 6 July 2007, 12:00pm.
Headline: Tornadoes cause $7m damage, storms move north.
www.nzherald.co.nz, Source: NZ Herald, NZPA, Wanganui Chronicle and Newstalk ZB, 6 July 2007, 1:01pm.
Headline: State of emergency remains in tornado-struck Taranaki.
www.nzherald.co.nz, Source: NZPA, 6 July 2007, 3:49pm.
Headline: Tornado-damaged Taranaki braces for strong winds tonight.
www.nzherald.co.nz, Source: NZ Herald and NZPA, 6 July 2007, 6:15pm.
Headline: Tornado victim: 'I thought we were going to die'.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 7 July 2007, 5:00am.
Headline: State of emergency lifted in tornado-hit Taranaki.
www.nzherald.co.nz, Source: NZPA and Newstalk ZB, 7 July 2007, 3:05pm.
Headline: Grandson snatched from rampaging flood.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 9 July 2007, 5:00am.
Headline: Tornadoes whirl up a storm of paperwork.
www.nzherald.co.nz, Source: NZPA, 31 August 2007.
Headline: Tornadoes hit North Island.
www.stuff.co.nz, Rochelle West and Jenny McIntyre, 4 July2007.
Headline: Costly year for natural disasters.
www.stuff.co.nz, 3 May 2008.
Headline: State of emergency, Twisters leave trail of destruction in Taranaki.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: The Dominion Post and Taranaki Daily News, 6 July 2007.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: The Dominion Post, 7 July 2007. Tornadoes unlikely to affect insurance bills.
Headline: Insurers count cost of winter.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: The Dominion Post, Keri Welham, 16 July 2007.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: The Press, 6 July 2007. Norm wakes up with the fridge on top of him.
Headline: Hold on tight Taranaki - it's not over yet.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: The Press, 7 July 2007.
Headline: Hardware store bears brunt.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Taranaki Daily News, Staff Reporters, 5 July 2007.
Headline: North Island cleans up after tornadoes
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Taranaki Daily News, 5 July2007.
Headline: Damage may top $1 million.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Taranaki Daily News, Sharon Marris, 5 July2007.
Headline: Terror twister hits city.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Taranaki Daily News, 5 July 2007.
Headline: Twisters trail of destruction covers 140 km.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Taranaki Daily News, Mark Dwyer, 6 July 2007.
Headline: Taranaki state of emergency.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Taranaki Daily News, Mark Dwyer, 6 July 2007.
Headline: CD emergency as tornado swarm hits.
tvnz.co.nz, Source: ONE News, 5 July 2007.
Headline: Twister hits Wanganui.
www.wanganuichronicle.co.nz, Source: Nicola Lobban, Andrew Koubaridis and NZPA, 6 July 2007.