A tornado-like waterspout has ripped through central Auckland’s waterfront, tumbling at least one shipping container and wreaking havoc on yachts, ships and cars.
Vehicles were swept into the ocean and a yacht was struck by lightning as the storm left a trail of destruction on Monday night.
A shipping container toppled on to a car at Jellicoe Wharf near Tinley St, trapping the driver. They were tended to by emergency services and taken to hospital in a moderate condition.
Several yachts at Westhaven Marina lost their moorings and a catamaran was overturned in the turmoil.
Coastguard duty officer Hemi Manaena said the winds had caused “significant damage” to a large number of recreational vessels at Westhaven.
The Sealink Ferry also lost its mooring at Wynyard Quarter and needed to be retrieved.
“We’d like to reiterate that there’s a large amount of debris in the harbour,” said Manaena.
“Mariners should remain vigilant when navigating the area, especially around the Princes/ Hobson Wharf area – a shipping container has fallen into the water there.”