North Shore Police say that fifty per cent of the Westfield Mall in Albany is now open for regular retail trading. Ninety per cent of the Albany Mega Centre is reported to be operating and functioning normally.
Most of the Northern sector of the Mall reopened about noon.
Significant damage was sustained to sectors of the Westfield Mall, Pak N Save, and other commercial locations as a result of the tornado that tore through the area yesterday.
Members of the public are urged not to enter the areas that remain closed and sealed. There are signs in place at the southern end of the Albany Mega Centre which will remain inaccessible. Some disruption to motorists can be expected.
In suburban Birkenhead, there is still a police presence. Council contractors are working on some of the residential properties damaged by the tornado.
Police say they will continue to be highly visible over the next 24 hours in all suburbs and areas affected by the tornado.