Three people have reportedly been killed after an apparent tornado hit Auckland today.
The New Zealand Herald says the storm hit the west Auckland suburb of Hobsonville in the early afternoon (local time).
It says the storm was powerful enough to rip up the surface of the motorway, and two people died when a slab of concrete hit their truck.
"Fire, police and ambulance are racing to multiple callouts in Hobsonville and Upper Harbour and it is understood a number of people may have been injured as a result," the paper says in its online report.
The paper says more storms, with torrential rain, are expected to hit the city.
More to come.
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09:31 EST The New South Wales State Emergency Service (SES) says it has received about 1,000 calls for help since a severe hail storm hit Sydney and the Blue Mountains late yesterday, adding to the backlog created by a powerful east coast low earlier in the week.