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11 July 2011

Severe weather hits New Zealand

High winds and thunderstorms are hitting New Zealand, with authorities warning that tornadoes could strike along the coast.

The MetService weather agency says winds over the lower half of the North Island may damage buildings, trees and power lines, and make driving hazardous Monday. The agency is urging people be cautious.

The agency says winds could reach 130 kilometers per hour and rain could cause flash flooding. The winds are expected to start easing later on Monday.

The country has been hit by thunderstorms over the past few days. Twisters struck the Kapiti Coast, northwest of Wellington, on Saturday, damaging some houses and uprooting trees.

- Times Live