5 May 2011

Homes damaged by tornado inspected

3:58 pm on 5 May 2011

Civil Defence has finished inspecting homes hit by the tornado on Auckland's North Shore on Tuesday.

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Nineteen properties were damaged, many in the suburb of Birkenhead when the tornado hit about 3pm on Tuesday. Three homes require significant repairs and one has been deemed uninhabitable.

Civil Defence controller Clive Manley says most of the damage was caused by trees falling on roofs.

Benedict Dacayan, 37, of the Philippines was killed while working on a building at a shopping centre in Albany. Fourteen others were injured and two remain in hospital.

Mall shops remain closed

Sixty-four shops in the Westfield mall in Albany remain closed due to tornado damage on Thursday and many are set to remain shut for at least several days.

The building has been declared structurally safe, allowing 82 shops to reopen on Wednesday.

Westfield says the damaged shops will be assessed over the next few days.

Most of the shops in the Albany Mega Centre, which was also damaged, have reopened.