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Severe thunderstorm, snow and tornadoes wreak havoc across New Zealand

 

697F9AEC-5361-49FC-AE00-6627F6FD462A.jpegA complex low crossed New Zealand on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, bringing heavy rain, strong winds and destructive tornadoes, tens of thousands of lightning strikes and low-elevation snow. At least 30 000 homes were left without electricity. This was the season’s first winter storm to hit the country. Snow has been reported to have settled as low as 300 m (980 feet) over the east of the South Island Tuesday morning local time. As the low moves to the east of the country tonight, snow to 700 m (2 300 feet) will spread to the North Island, NZ Met Service said. Outside of the snow, a burst of strong winds and heavy rain has also affected many regions in the North Island……More