Two houses lost their roofs after a small twister struck in Cromwell.
Police said roofing iron and tiles were torn off two houses in the Central Otago town when the mini-tornado formed about 3pm today.
A house in Ortive St and one in Horace St were damaged, and a clothesline was blown over and a large tree uprooted.
Police said one resident took refuge with her two young daughters in the bathroom until the twister passed.
No-one was injured and the twister lasted only a few minutes.
Firefighters and police were helping the residents, but damage seemed to be localised.
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