Stuff.co.nz, Feb 23, 2014.
A second tornado has swept through Amberley in North Canterbury, damaging homes, felling trees and bring down power lines.
Amberley resident Leanne McTear was on her doorstep when the tornado struck her home, ripping the roof off and hurling it across the road.
“Everything went dark and there was just black dust and smoke whirling around,” she said.
“There was a horrendous noise and I was waiting for the ground to move. It was really noisy and I didn’t know what was going on. I saw bricks on the front lawn and Pink Batts everywhere. At the moment I am quite numb.”
Weather enthusiast and stormchaser Stephen Burrows said he saw a tornado near Amberley and a house near State Highway 1 had its roof ripped off.
“The roof has been completely stripped off. The roof was on the other side of the road,” he said.
Blue Skies forecaster Tony Trewinnard saw the tornado form and travel from north of Amberley for about two or three minutes.
He said it was traveling at about 70 kilometres an hour and hurled debris about 100 metres into the air.
“There is no doubt in my mind that this was a tornado,” he said.”It was definitely a tornado. It wasn’t hanging around. It was moving quite fast.”