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‘Tornado’ Strikes Auckland Waterfront, Person Reclaimed After Container Blown Over

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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.

Photo / Sam Sword

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.

Debris thrown into the water by the storm. Photo / Leo Kao

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.”

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