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Fire and Emergency crews responded to calls in the area of Papatoetoe, Auckland, Saturday morning following a severe weather event that involved a tornado ripping through homes and leaving behind damage.
Multiple FENZ crews responded to the calls at around 8.30am following the unfolding of weather events and attended those affected in the area.
Twenty-two crews were sent out to attend callouts from around ninety reports of damaged property by 9am. More than 20 crews from across the Auckland area assisted, including a Command Unit.
It was noted that crews had become ‘extremely busy’ and required further assistance from Police, St John, Vector, Council, and CDEM.
An Emergency Mobile Alert has been sent out to mobile phones in the area of Papatoetoe and Manukau City Centre. People were advised from the alert to stay out of the Papatoetoe area from Cavendish Drive to Shirley Road while emergency services responded to the aftermath of the weather event.
Auckland Emergency Management duty controller Parul Sood says the Civil Defence Welfare Centre at Otara Pool and Leisure Centre (Newbury Street, Otara) will be open from 2pm to offer needs, assessments and connect people to support agencies.
“If your home or property was affected this morning, the welfare centre can offer a range of support,” she says.
“In some cases, accommodation can be provided; however, we urge people to reach out to friends and whānau for assistance first.”
People who need assistance but cannot get to the centre can call Auckland Emergency Management on 0800 22 22 00.
The Public was asked to stay away from any downed power lines and call 111 if they needed assistance.
Image: Auckland Council/FENZ
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