New Zealand police say a severe storm has killed three people in Auckland and injured others.
Residents in the west of New Zealand's biggest city have reported seeing a tornado, but weather bureau officials believe a line of thunderstorms was to blame.
Pictures show trees ripped from the ground and debris strewn across the road.
Forecasters say a second round of thunderstorms will hit the city shortly.
The army and emergency services have been called in to help with the clean up.
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15:51 EDT Forecasts still suggest Christmas Day in Australia will be typically hot, humid and thundery in the north, windy in the south, wet in the southeast and dry and warm on the west coast.