Tornado hits Levin

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Last Friday a small but violent tornado hit the North Island town of Levin.

The tornado damaged buildings, bought down trees and power lines, wrecking vegetable crops and causing State Highway 1 to close for a short time.

The tornado was accompanied by thunderstorms and wind gusting up to 140km/h, and was thought to have damaged 30 to 50 homes.

After a tornado hit Levin, the government will put $100,000 into a mayoral relief fund to help with the recovery.

Emergency Management Minister Kiri Allan said such funds had been used in the past to help with clean-up and recovery efforts such as clearing debris, cleaning septic tanks, filling water tanks and re-establishing damaged boundary fences.

Horowhenua District Mayor Bernie Wanden told Checkpoint he had seen a lot of devastation through Levin after the storm there this morning.

He said the storm was unexpected. “A very random occurrence for our town. We never usually experienced anything like this so and it’s come completely out of the blue.”

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