New Plymouth, Ohope struck by two separate tornadoes

A tornado has reportedly damaged several houses in New Plymouth on Monday evening.

Emergency services are at the scene of the incident on Belt Rd in the coastal suburb of Moturoa.

A second tornado has been reported on Harbour Rd in Ohope, Whakatane. Footage shows the tornado as it approaches houses in the distance.

Ohope is more than 300km away from New Plymouth.

There have been no reports of injuries.

A Newshub viewer took this image at Ohope Beach.
A Newshub viewer took this image at Ohope Beach. Photo credit: Supplied
Ohope, Whakatane.
Ohope, Whakatane. Photo credit: Supplied

New Plymouth has seen heavy rain and strong winds for much of the day.

MetService meteorologist Tom Bell says Taranaki is a high-risk thunderstorm area and there could be more this evening.

An emergency services command centre has been set up at the intersection of Belt Rd and St Aubyn St. Anyone in need of assistance or a bed for the night is encouraged to make contact there.

Police and Fire will be door-knocking in the affected areas.

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