Extreme Weather – New Zealand, Northland, [Waikato region] : A tornado reportedly touched down in Waikato for about 10 minutes this afternoon.

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19.06.2013Extreme WeatherNew ZealandNorthland, [Waikato region]Damage levelDetails

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Extreme Weather in New Zealand on Wednesday, 19 June, 2013 at 08:08 (08:08 AM) UTC.

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A tornado reportedly touched down in Waikato for about 10 minutes this afternoon. The picture was taken at Paterangi, just south of Hamilton. While tornadoes weren’t in the forecast today, unstable and slow conditions had led to the funnel cloud and then short-lived tornado, head analyst Philip Duncan said. It was at the lowest end of the scale but was still capable of lifting pieces of roofing iron and break branches. Mr Duncan said funnel clouds may be spotted over the next couple of days, along with short, sharp, squalls which are similar to tornadoes but don’t spin. “This looks like a bit of a one-off…

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