A State of Emergecy has been declared in Taranaki after a swarm of tornadoes hit the area, as reports of damage flooded in, and the Metservice predicting more twisters across the country.
Senior Sergeant Geoff Ryan of New Plymouth police said that at 5.30pm during an electrical storm tornados hit the in Oakura, Egmont Village, Inglewood and the Waitara area.
A Civil Defence spokesman said at least six tornados hit the region.
|©Trevor Read. Taranaki Daily News
|RIPPED APART: Firefighters look at the roof that was torn off Placemakers in New Plymouth by a tornado.