Auckland, New Zealand tornado

My attention has been drawn to some rather dramatic footage of a tornado in Auckland, New Zealand. A single fatality resulted.

The tornado easily sweeps aside vehicles – yet more evidence that trying to tangle with a tornado in a car is a bad idea! Surprisingly, some of the drivers appear to be completely oblivious to the tornado until the last second.

The tornado lifts some flimsy roofing material off a shopping center. The strips of material, gracefully lofted hundreds of meters into the air, clearly show that the the tornado is rotating clockwise (cyclonic in the Southern Hemisphere)!