A resident from Kotare in New Plymouth has compared a tornado that ripped through his neighbourhood this morning to an "earthquake".
Dave Mangan told 1 NEWS the tornado's path of destruction was around 20 metres wide, pulling roofs off houses and tearing down trees. He says it went through a residential neighbourhood and then over a golf course.
He was in his house when it hit and said: "It was like an earthquake, the windows of the house were rocking."
He said another tornado passed through the area on a similar path four weeks ago.