Rodney Times : December 11th 2012
LAST OPEN DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS Saturday 15 December, 11am - 3pm. Call Steven Garner on 09 425 1202. 31 Mansell Drive, Warkworth. Tuesday, December 11, 2012 NETWORK Unbeatable coverage of readers 15+ 808,000 Auckland's most powerful media Ph 09 525 0666 Source: Nielsen CMI Q3 2011--Q2 2012 Trail of tragedy Church destroyed Buildings damaged Trees uprooted 1dead Wayne Stanley-Hunt Shopping centre hit Buildings damaged Trees uprooted 1dead Benedict Dacayan Major property damaged Trees uprooted Homes destroyed 3dead Tom Stowers Keith Langford Brendon Johnson ALBANY HOBSONVILLE/WHENUAPAI The strip between Albany and Hobsonville has been hit by three deadly tornadoes in the past 20 years and is compared by many to Tornado Alley around Oklahoma and Kansas in the US. 1991 2011 2012 Photo: Facebook The victims Tornadoes not on our radar Twister toll: Five people have died in the last 20 years along the stretch of landscape known as tornado alley. By VANITA PRASAD THE tornado that killed three men in Hobsonville on Thursday could never have been predicted with current technology, experts say. MetService meteorologist Daniel Corbett says the radar used by staff is unable to spot the smaller kind of twister likely to strike in New Zealand. Our tornadoes are only tens of metres wide, he says. In the United States they are half a mile wide and the radar can pick up the whole thunderstorm turning. Because of the localised nature of these events they are undetec- table and we have to forecast the conditions that would be favour- able for tornadoes. Mr Corbett says the Hobsonville twister was not solely responsible for the destruction that caused around $13 million worth of dam- age. The straight line winds that went with it also played a part. He says the incident is a reminder to people to pay close attention to MetService warnings about strong winds and heavy rain. Those are the days you want to plan to be at home or work and not be going out to the park, he said. The strip between Albany and Hobsonville has been hit by three deadly tornadoes in the past 20 years and is compared by many to Tornado Alley around Oklahoma and Kansas in the US. Mr Corbett says the mixture of temperatures coming from the land and the sea combined with wind speed make it an ideal area for tor- nadoes to form. Waitemata fire station officer Len Blake says: They re pretty endemic but the last Albany and Hobsonville tornadoes have been the most destructive. Meanwhile, the community is banding together to help Whenua- pai and Hobsonville victims. Variety -- The Children s Charity has launched an appeal to help those affected. It is taking dona- tions of food vouchers and Christ- mas gifts for children and will deliver them to families in the area. Whenuapai School principal Warren Spanhake says families lost roofs, trees and windows, with one house completely demolished. Security has been tightened after reports of looting. 12.12.12 THEY'VE EVERY REASON TO CELEBRATE Birthday boy: Keegan Transue of Kaukapakapa celebrates his 12th birthday tomorrow. He is pictured with his calf Charlie. By MICHELE ONG Double celebration: Twins Geena and Max Hutton of Wainui School turn 12 tomorrow. They plan on going bowling with friends, then catching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, released the same day. Rodney Times reporter Michele Ong is one pleased the world is not coming to an end on December 21. It's her 27th birthday, and she plans a beach party. Perhaps she should take her cellphone with its Civil Defence text alert--just in case. NOT many can say they turn 12 on 12/12/2012. But for twins Geena and Max Hutton of Wainui School, and Keegan Transue of Kaukapakapa School, it will be a birthday to remember. Spare time spent rehearsing for dancing roles on the Farmers Santa Parade and at Saturday s Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park meant Geena and Max did not have a lot of time to plan their big birth- day. We ll have a small party with friends and family, a game of bowl- ing and if there s time we might watch The Hobbit, says Geena, who was born a minute earlier than Max. She will perform at the New World Orewa Christmas on the Beach at the Orewa Surf Club this Sunday, singing four songs. Tomorrow also marks the twins teacher Jason Irvine s 12th year at Wainui and also his 12th wedding anniversary. Keegan is playing two touch final tournaments at Victor Eaves Park in Orewa on his birthday and then will have a swim at Parakai Springs hot pools with friends the following day. The 12/12/2012 is considered auspicious by some. Rodney Times staff will be buying extra Lotto tic- kets that day. But a few are nervous it may sig- nal the end of the world, according to some internet posts, although there may be confusion with December 21, which some believe is the date the Mayan calendar predicts the world will end on. NASA rebutts claims the world will end on December 21. The world will not end in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than four billion years and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat asso- ciated with 2012, NASA says. This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to Decem- ber 2012, NASA says. That s lin- ked at the end of one of the cycles of the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter sol- stice in 2012, hence the date of December 21, 2012, NASA says.
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