Council teams are going house to house in South Auckland today, inspecting the damage from yesterday morning’s tornado.

No captionA house damaged in yesterday’s tornado. Photo: Shamsher Randhawa

Papatoetoe was the worst-hit suburb, with roofs and trees uplifted, windows broken and power lines brought down.

Emergency services spent the night supporting neighbourhoods hit by wild weather.

Auckland Emergency Management estimates 60 homes are uninhabitable.

Auckland Emergency Management Controller Parul Sood said it is running a Welfare Centre at the Ōtara Pool and Leisure Centre but only two families needed help with accommodation overnight.

About 1200 homes were affected and power is still out to many of them.

Sood said council staff will inspect properties today.

“So the building inspection team will be going out and having a bit more detailed look at those properties that under the rapid assessment that have been deemed to be problematic and then we will have better numbers in terms of how serious is the damage.”

Police are doing reassurance patrols.

Fire and Emergency had three crews and a command unit on the ground overnight.

Shift manager Paul Radden said they have been visiting properties checking that people are all right, looking for leaks and helping clear debris.