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Two dead as tornado tears through Auckland

Tornado struck New Zealand's largest city sending cars flying through the air and ripping roofs off buildings

Two dead as tornado tears through Auckland
Debri is shown scattered in the carpark of the Albany MegaCentre after a tornado struck the area. A tornado tore through New Zealand's largest city Auckland Tuesday, killing one person and injuring 14 as cars and trees were sent flying through the air and roofs ripped off buildings (Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Two dead as tornado tears through Auckland
Damage to Placemakers is shown at the Albany MegaCentre after a tornado struck the area on May 3, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. At least one person has been confirmed dead and there were several people injured after the tornado struck around 3pm. (Getty Images)
Two dead as tornado tears through Auckland
The tornado struck the northern suburb of Albany in the mid-afternoon, with damage centered on a shopping mall, before it moved south, leaving a five-km (three-miles) trail of destruction (Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Two dead as tornado tears through Auckland
New Zealand experiences about 20 tornadoes a year, but most are relatively small and fatalities rare (Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Two dead as tornado tears through Auckland
The worst tornado in New Zealand struck the city of Hamilton in 1948, killing three people, injuring 80 and destroying nearly 200 buildings (Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Two dead as tornado tears through Auckland
Civil defense officials put the death toll at one, from an earlier report of two, with 14 injured. (Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Two dead as tornado tears through Auckland
A police officer secures the Albany MegaCentre after a tornado struck the area on May 3, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand (Getty Images)
Two dead as tornado tears through Auckland
Cars and trees lie scattered in the carpark of the Albany MegaCentre (Getty Images)
Two dead as tornado tears through Auckland
At least one person has been confirmed dead and there were several people injured after the tornado struck around 3pm. (Getty Images)
Two dead as tornado tears through Auckland
Construction workers regroup after a tornado struck the area on May 3, 2011 in Auckland (Getty Images)