Twister hits Papamoa Beach

00:19, Dec 29 2013

Several houses were damaged in Papamoa this morning when a mini tornado struck.

The twister hit the eastern end of the seaside community around 10am this morning, lifting roofing iron and tiles from houses, and skittling fences and some small trees.

It was raining heavily at the time and the Fire Service was called to deal with leaks and flooding in several houses around Sarah Place and Wairakei Avenue.

A fire service spokesman said fire crews from Papamoa and Mount Maunganui were dispatched to deal with the damage.

''We got a flood of calls from that area, all within the space of around 10 to 15 minutes.''Firefighters spent around two hours fixing tarpaulins to rooftops to keep the rain out, he said.

Sarah Pl resident Gillian Hurren said she and her husband Michael had been shaken by the experience.

''All up and down the street there's bits of roofs and fences pushed over. We were the first ones hit.

''I didn't see it but my husband saw it come through. It was quite frightening and the heavy rain is still coming down - we are dealing with a few leaks now.''