ROTOWIRE A kitchenware shop has been hit by a hurricane, the first store in New Zealand to suffer damage.
A store in the Wellington suburb of Warburton was closed for nearly three hours after the storm, with customers unable to get into or out.
The store’s manager, Stephen O’Connell, said the shop’s staff had been able to secure food and supplies.
“They’re just trying to make sure that we get through it,” he said.
But the damage was not limited to the store, with the city of Auckland also hit.
One man was airlifted to hospital in a serious condition after he sustained serious injuries from a fallen tree, police said.
The storm caused power outages in Auckland, which is home to more than 50,000 people.
Power was restored to the city’s main airport on Friday, but flights have been delayed.
Police said some homes had been destroyed, while trees and power lines were damaged.
More to come.