UPDATE: A ‘mini tornado’ struck the Queens Wharf area on Monday night, causing the glass doors at adjacent venue Shed 10 to be blown in. A security guard suffered minor injuries during the incident.
Auckland event venue The Cloud at Queens Wharf has sustained minor damage during fierce weather conditions on Sunday night.
Images shared on social media show damage to the venue’s distinctive white roof, after up to 1700 lightning strikes reportedly hit the city on 11 August.
Despite media coverage suggesting the venue’s roof was “ripped to shreds”, the venue’s operator, Auckland Live, has confirmed no parts of the building were torn off.
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In a statement, Auckland Live also confirmed no members of the public were in the vicinity when the damage occurred.
“Auckland Live was on site immediately after the event last night to secure the building and switch off the power,” the statement read.
“As a further precaution the Fire Service also attended.”
Following the storm, assessment of The Cloud revealed damage to the end panel of the mezzanine side of the venue, as well as a broken side door.
Auckland Live director Robbie Macrae said the structural damage to The Cloud is “not significant” and no parts of the building were torn off.
Macrae said initial repairs have commenced and Queens Wharf will remain closed to the public until these have been completed.
The next scheduled event at The Cloud is due to take place in mid September, so no events will be impacted by the damage.