A twister has lifted the roofs of two houses in Cromwell this afternoon.
Cromwell fire and police were called after the twister formed about 3pm.
The twister formed in the vicinity of the Cromwell Golf Course.
It moved across Nepusultra St, through a reserve and across a number of houses between Horace and Ortive streets before dissipating.
A house in Ortive St and one in Horace St had roofing iron and tiles lifted off.
A clothes line was also blown over and a large tree uprooted.
One female resident took refuge with her two young daughters in the bathroom until the twister passed.
No one was injured during the event which lasted a few minutes.
Cromwell Police and the Fire Service assisted residents at the two houses to weather proof their properties and prevent further damage.
Police have received no further reports of damage in the Cromwell area.
Earlier today the MetService said strong winds were expected in Southland but should ease in the evening.
A Wellington-Invercargill flight was diverted to Dunedin this morning because of the weather and an outbound Invercargill-Christchurch flight was delayed.
The MetService says winds gusts are reaching up to 67kmh an hour.
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- © Fairfax NZ News
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