The tornadoes struck yesterday, leaving 250 people homeless and killing three and injuring many more in the Hobsonville suburb of Auckland.

“It’s far more significant than a very bad storm where you have a few trees down. It’s something that you might expect to see in the Midwest of America, but not in Hobsonville,” Prime Minister John Key has said of the shock storms, urging people who are returning to check their properties to use caution.

“I think we’ll take a step back and retrace our steps and ask the obvious questions: what was in place in terms of weather forecasting? Did we miss anything?

“ I suspect it will come down to, as it does in America which is much more prone to these, that they’re a sort of random force of nature.”

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