Wild weather blows down large tree in Tauranga

Firefighters are in the process of chopping up the tree. Video: Jorja Paterson.

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A large tree has come down in Gate Pa this morning as wild weather continues to batter the city.

A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says the tree has come down on Cook Street.

“I have never seen something this big before.”

She says firefighters are in the process of chopping it up.

Strong winds and heavy rain is expected to lash the region today, but ease later on this afternoon.

The MetService says is forecasting heavy rain, possibly thundery at times, easing this evening.

Strong northeasterlies are also expected to ease this afternoon.

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