A ‘tornado’ left a trail of destruction, wrecking chimneys and sending roof tiles flying ‘like sheets of paper’ in a Nottinghamshire village.
Residents in Meden Vale said they were terrified as destructive winds passed over the village and dealt significant damage in only a few seconds.
Neighbours in Caunton Close were left clearing up the damage today and described the sudden winds as ‘terrifying’.
Homeowner, Nigel Carter said:“We were just sat in the conservatory with the dog and the wind and hail really hit, you couldn’t see.
“It’s only this side of the village it hit straight though.
Georgina Carter said: “It was more than a wind, it was an absolute whirlwind.
“As many as 12 houses were damaged around us. Roof tiles are gone, chimneys hanging off. It was very scary.
“It was a completely normal day and then it just got windier and windier. It just happened in a second, things went whirling around, things were flying.
One house was startled as a trampoline flew from one of their neighbours’ gardens, straight across their own and into another, crashing into a shed.
Jill Hunt said: “It was blowing and the tiles were flying around like sheets of paper. It was terrifying.”
“I was shocked when I came out and found the trampoline, I’m glad it hasn’t come through the conservatory.
Her husband Kevin Hunt spent the afternoon assessing the damage to his roof and motorhome.
He said: “I’m just trying to make it safe in case there’s any more wind tonight.
“We’ve had some roof tiles come down, the arial off, there’s a few thousand pounds of damage to the van.”
Their grandson Jude Clarke, two, said the wind was scary. “It was really blowing,” he said.
The tornado is one of several to hit without warning around the Midlands this afternoon,
A tree was also felled in Retford and in Wales 20 mobile homes are reported turned over at a caravan park.
The Met Office has a yellow weather warning in place for wind in place until 5pm.
The Chief Forecaster noted this morning: “A brief spell of very strong winds is expected as a line of heavy rain moves eastwards over the UK during Thursday afternoon. Whilst most places will miss the worst a few spots may see gusts in excess of 70 mph.
They added there was a ‘very low likelihood’ of disruption to travel and falling trees and debris.
“The strongest winds are very localised so many places will not see disruption.”
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