Tornado hits Auckland, New Zealand

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A short-lived tornado has struck New Zealand’s largest city, collapsing roofs and upturning cars.

It is thought to have touched down in Albany, a suburb of the city, before continuing through Birkenhead.

A spokesman for the North Shore Hospital said one person had been killed and at least 20 injured.

Speaking about the incident, New Zealand Prime Minister – John Key said:

“Obviously it’s been a very powerful and quite devastating tornado that’s caused a significant amount of damage in a very localised area.”

The Government is monitoring the situation, he said.