Three dead in Auckland tornado

December 6th, 2012 at 1:54 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Three people have been killed after severe weather – including an apparent tornado – hit west this afternoon.

Police sources have just confirmed that three had died in the west Auckland storm.

Fire services communications manager Peter Stevenson said two people had been killed when a slab of concrete fell onto a truck at the St Georges Rd intersection

At least seven people are being rushed to hospital, TV3 is reporting.

A tornado reportedly hit Hobsonville, tearing down trees and ripping panels from the motorway.

Fire, police and ambulance are racing to multiple callouts in Hobsonville and Upper Harbour and it is understood a number of people may have been injured as a result.

The military are also believed to have been called in to assist.

Air Force personnel are going door to door in Hobsonville to check if people are safe.

Emergency services are trying to clear roads that are blocked by trees.

Thought with all those impacted in Auckland. The full force of nature is both awesome and often deadly.

Watch this video at TVNZ. It is terrifying to see the force on the windows and trees. You would not want to be outside in it. I understand Aucklanders are being advised to stay inside for at least the next couple of hours.

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29 Responses to “Three dead in Auckland tornado”

  1. RRM (9,467 comments) says:

    Jesus – stay safe Aucklanders.

    Re that video: KEEP AWAY from windows during extreme wind events, especially large windows.

    Big sheets of broken glass with a bit of momentum behind them tend to cut straight through human bodies – without even slowing down.

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  2. ChardonnayGuy (1,136 comments) says:

    How awful. As a Cantabrian in exile, I wish any Auckland readers the best and share RRM’s warning and sentiments.

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  3. flipper (3,563 comments) says:

    Lordy….
    There can be NO DOUBT.
    It is beyond debate.
    Anyone who disagrees, and asks for real scientific proof, is a holocaust denier.

    It is all due, dont you know, to AGW/CC global warming, is it not?
    (with apologies to those who died and also to theiur families.)

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  4. ChardonnayGuy (1,136 comments) says:

    No matter how evil I think the Auckland Blues are as a rugby team compared to Our Heroic Lads in Red and Black [Caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanterbury!!!]

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  5. hj (6,359 comments) says:

    It is all due, dont you know, to AGW/CC global warming, is it not?
    …….
    not if you don’t want it to be.

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  6. Tom Jackson (2,458 comments) says:

    Remember kids, Climate Change is a liberal plot designed to make Al Gore rich.

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  7. Pete George (22,851 comments) says:

    Claire Trevett ‏@CTrevettNZH

    Update: apparently PM has now said he’ll go tomorrow. Doesn’t want to get in way/ take up time of emergency services by going today.

    Good to see some common sense, there’s nothing Key could do to actually help at the moment anyway.

    There’s plenty of time to perform for those expecting ritual photo ops once the emergency has abated.

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  8. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    Tom Jackson, it says allot about you climate alarmists that you would try and use the deaths of three people to support your politically motivated lies.

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  9. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    Today:
    “More than five inches of snow was predicted to fall on high ground in northern England and Scotland on Thursday, while up to 20mm of rain will affect the South.
    Forecasters expect temperatures to remain bitterly cold until next week, with overnight temperatures plunging as low as 21F (-6C) on Wednesday night. “

    And twelve years ago:

    “Britain’s winter ends tomorrow with further indications of a striking environmental change: snow is starting to disappear from our lives.
    According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”.
    “Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said.”

    Yet we see people on KB quoting the University of East Anglia as a “credible source” to support their politically motivated hoax of AGW.

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  10. Longknives (4,464 comments) says:

    All those blaming this on ‘Global Warming’- I’m pretty sure (if you delve into history) there have always been storms every now and then….

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  11. Griff (6,803 comments) says:

    Yes kea I admit the entire body of scientist are wrong and the small group of nutters funded by the oil industry are the only ones who know the truth about global warming.
    It is a massive conspiracy to subvert the world into accepting a one world government.
    Involving everyone including the national government of this country. Its a good thing there is conspiracy freaks like you to help us understand the world around us.

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  12. hj (6,359 comments) says:

    ACT leader Rodney Hide said climate change and global warming was a hoax.

    “The data and the hypothesis do not hold together,” he said.
    …..
    United Future [Little Tobacco] leader Peter Dunne said there was no need to ram the bill through Parliament just to satisfy the Government’s agenda.

    “No harm would be caused by deferring it by six months. It deserves greater attention and we should deal with it in a calm and rational manner,” he said.
    http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/climate-change-bill-attacked-parliament-34754

    Q+A: Rodney Hide interview

    Published: 1:37PM Sunday June 27, 2010 Source: Q+A

    RODNEY I’m very sceptical.

    GUYON You’re very sceptical about this, but you have a recent survey in a scientific magazine of 1372 climate science experts – 98% of them believe that man made climate change is affecting the planet. I mean isn’t your position a little bit ridiculous?

    GUYON Just before I leave climate change, you say you’re sceptical, fair enough. There’ll be a lot of New Zealanders who would be unconvinced that a major disaster or a major earthquake would happen in their lifetime, but they pay earthquake levies, they pay their insurance bills, because that is the prudent thing to do.
    http://tvnz.co.nz/q-and-a-news/q-rodney-hide-interview-3612928

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  13. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    Well it seems that most of the damage has been done by trees.

    I expect all those who have such damage send the clean up bill to the auckland council – they being the ones who prevent the removal of these big dangerous trees.

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  14. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    Griff, jokes up buddy.

    Do you claim that Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, was correct in his prediction?

    Or do you claim that Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia was wrong?

    If you wish to have any credibility (on this issue) then you should answer. Yes or No.

    I think your full of shit. I think you know your wrong. I think you are not honest about your motives. Why else would you start ranting about the “oil industry” when all I did was quote a source your have frequently quoted yourself ?

    You have been caught out.

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  15. Nostalgia-NZ (4,913 comments) says:

    Just heard from a friend that the dead may be from a South Auckland Engineering firm, sub contracting on the school job. This construction of prefabricated walls seems safe enough but the scenario changes with high winds striking when they’re still temporarily propped . Very tragic to go with a number of other industrial accidents in Auckland in the last couple of years including the Albany Tornado last year. Every person who frequently walks around such temporary structures, drives or works near them will be thinking of the danger they often disregard.

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  16. Griff (6,803 comments) says:

    Yes kea he is and the entire body of people involved at the perversity of east Anglia and of course the met service are involved in the conspiracy as well yes kea who else can you add that are involved should be a vwery large list :wink:
    …..Big……conspiriwacky …..

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  17. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    Thanks Griff. There goes your last bit of credibility on this issue.

    The Scientific Consensus

    Year 2000 According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”.
    “Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said.”

    Reality

    2010:

    “Heavy snow and record cold have struck the United Kingdom, and more of both are on the way.
    Heavy snow began falling in eastern Scotland and northeastern England and, as of Monday, highest snowfall of at least 15 inches had been measured.”

    2012:

    “Forecasters expect temperatures to remain bitterly cold until next week, with overnight temperatures plunging as low as 21F (-6C) on Wednesday night”

    Can readers name any other area of science where every single prediction made by a theory is wrong, yet they still all support the theory as sound?

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  18. Griff (6,803 comments) says:

    Can readers name any other area of science where every single prediction made by a theory is wrong, yet they still all support the theory as sound?

    Climate change denial? :lol:
    Pointless talking this bloody scientist said that scientist said explain your conspiracy theory “hoax” as you call it .
    All the other scientific organisations and government departments and all the elected officials.
    You have to explain why they are all involved in the hoax. :wink:
    Kea: Unified theory of the climate change hoax .

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  19. Manolo (13,375 comments) says:

    Griff, you will blame AGW for any and every thing under the sun. Your undeniably faith will be repaid with higher taxes.
    By the way, what are you waiting for? Why don’t you donate more or all of your money to the defenders of Gaia’s cause?

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  20. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    the met service are involved in the conspiracy as well

    Atmospheric scientist and meteorologist, Professor Augie Auer, lost his job for not supporting AGW.

    Its easy to have a “scientific consensus” when you fire any dissenting scientists, discredit them and refuse to publish their work. It a bit like the “consent” the Jews gave to relocation during the war.

    Griff, you generally make intelligent comments. I most often agree with you. I reckon your playing at being stupid, just to get a bite :) (pleeeeease tell me I’m right)

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  21. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    You have to explain why they are all involved in the hoax.
    Kea: Unified theory of the climate change hoax

    My pleasure. I have previously done so a number of times, so I will keep it brief.

    1) Money

    2) Power

    The scientists finally have a source of billions of dollars in funding. They are living the dream. They also get recognition that they could not have imagined a few years ago. They justify it, to themselves, on the basis that the lies they tell will benefit the environment generally.

    The people who are really behind this have far darker motives. They are the puppet masters. They want power. AGW is simply a means to an end. The destruction of free market, capitalist, democratic society, is their intention.

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  22. Griff (6,803 comments) says:

    FFS kea three people died
    Give it a rest. at least on a post about the death of three people in a random act of the Giant Spaghetti Monster

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  23. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    Your the one trying to use their deaths, and the suffering of thousands, to bolster your bullshit. Just like you did with Sandy.

    Have you no shame at all man ?

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  24. meanybeany (21 comments) says:

    We could have lost most of our Air Force if it had hit a bit further north

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  25. Keeping Stock (10,100 comments) says:

    @ Longknives (5.00pm) – quite so; three people were sadly killed and 150 injured when a tornado hit Hamilton; in 1948. Quite what carbon emissions were back then, I don’t know, but those alarmists who see this as proof of AGW/Climate Change or whatever this week’s guilt-trip phrase is are opportunistic conspiracy theorists.

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  26. RightNow (6,668 comments) says:

    Oil industry funding nutters:

    Nature Conservancy lists BP as one of its business partners. The Conservancy also has given BP a seat on its International Leadership Council and has accepted nearly $10 million in cash and land contributions from BP and affiliated corporations over the years.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/23/AR2010052302164_pf.html

    between 2007 and 2010 the Sierra Club accepted over $25 million in donations from the gas industry, mostly from…Chesapeake Energy – one of the biggest gas drilling companies in the U.S

    http://www.webcitation.org/65V1HMaH8

    Four big international companies, including the oil giant Exxon Mobil, said yesterday that they would give Stanford University $225 million over 10 years for research on ways to meet growing energy needs without worsening global warming.

    Exxon Mobil, whose pledge of $100 million makes it the biggest of the four contributors, issued a statement saying new techniques for producing energy while reducing emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases were ”vital to meeting energy needs in the industrialized and developing world.

    In 2000, Ford and Exxon Mobil’s global rival, BP, gave $20 million to Princeton to start a similar climate and energy research program.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2002/11/21/us/exxon-led-group-is-giving-a-climate-grant-to-stanford.html

    Has it occurred to you that “big oil” figured out long ago how to profit either way from climatology griff? Just like the big insurance/reinsurance companies who get to increase their premiums, and the big financial institutions who want to run carbon exchanges.

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  27. Griff (6,803 comments) says:

    Conspiracy theories are not appropriate in a post about the death of people RN. Some would call it offensive.

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  28. RightNow (6,668 comments) says:

    You didn’t seem to have a problem with it in your first three comments griff, but I’m happy to move it to GD.

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  29. hj (6,359 comments) says:

    This is the human induced climate change isn’t happening play pen. Keep Out!

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