A tornado has hit on the Kapiti Coast this evening.

Police were alerted to the tornado at 7:25pm.

A police spokeswoman said the tornado caused damage to trees and a street sign on Te Moana Rd in Waikanae.

Herald photographer Mark Mitchell said the twister appears to have hit a construction site on part of the Kapiti Expressway.

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He said it "ripped through trees" and brought down branches.

Residents have taken to social media to say the tornado tore through their properties.

A resident contacted the Herald to say their "very heavy" double gate had been picked up and blown across Te Moana Rd.

"[It was] very lucky no-one was hit, [it] narrowly avoided [a] vehicle."

The council has been notified.

Photo / Elizabeth Brewer
Photo / Elizabeth Brewer