Mount Maunganui residents Dani Morales and her partner Mark Laurences' plans for breakfast ended with a twist after a 'twister' made its way across Pilot Bay this morning.
A twister was seen making its way across Pilot Bay this morning.
Mark and Dani were on their way to breakfast around 10.30am when they saw what they described as a twister making its way towards Mauao.
“When we were driving down Maunganui road we commented on how windy it was.
“All of a sudden I heard this amazingly intense engine sound. It just sounded like a jet engine.”
“What I was hearing and what I was seeing were completely different things.”
The twister made its way from behind a tree before heading towards the car park where Dani and Mark were parked.
“At one point a branch flew in to the water. Then for about five minutes it was just cruising around Pilot Bay. I didn't see where it went after that.”
Mark says there were about 10 people swimming in the harbour when the tornado travelled past – although he says no one was scared.
“No one was really scared. But I was just scared my car was going to get something thrown on it.”
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