Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tornado Alley& in Britain; Storm Force: A Caravan Lies Overturned in Farnborough, While in Nuneaton Firefighters Check a Roof That Has Been Partly Stripped of Tiles, above. the Tornadoes Developed along a Band of Heavy Rain That Spread across Southern Britain Early Today, Right

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tornado Alley& in Britain; Storm Force: A Caravan Lies Overturned in Farnborough, While in Nuneaton Firefighters Check a Roof That Has Been Partly Stripped of Tiles, above. the Tornadoes Developed along a Band of Heavy Rain That Spread across Southern Britain Early Today, Right

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Byline: MARK PRIGG

SOUTHERN England was hit by a series of tornadoes this morning. Dozensof houses had their roofs ripped off and trees were uprooted. The tornadoesfollowed a major rainstorm that swept across the South-East from 6am thismorning.

Dave Britton, of the Met Office, said: "We have had reports from Luton,Farnborough, Nuneaton, Derby and Northampton, and we believe they are allseparate tornadoes, rather than than one moving across the country." Terrifiedwitnesses spoke of waking to the roar of 80mph winds battering their windowsand seeing roof tiles and tree branches flying through the air shortly after7am.

Farnborough Resident Frank Mikos, 47, said his home was rocked from side toside. "The entire flat just felt as if it was about to take offjust like that scene in the Wizard of Oz," he said. "The noise was absolutelytremendous. I thought that the windows were about to come crashing in.

It was really shocking to be honestthe building really shaking." The worst affected areas were: Farnborough, wherepolice said at least 10 houses had their roofs ripped off. The fire servicesaid at least 20 properties required dangerous chimneys to be removed. Busshelters were uprooted and trees flattened.

Resident Terry Parrott said he looked out of his window to see a "completewhirling mass". "Caravans have been tipped upside down, trees uprooted, busshelters destroyed. It's just complete devastation," he said.

Nuneaton, where winds damaged about 20 homes in Trafford Drive. WarwickshirePolice said tiles were pulled from roofs, cars smashed and debris scatteredacross the streets.

The local council said 35 homes were damaged in the Mallard Avenue andKingfisher Way area.

Lollipop lady Beryl Warburton, 79, who lives on Trafford Drive, said the stormstruck at about 6.15am. "Some of the houses have had their roofs taken offcompletely, some have lost parts of their roofs," she said. …

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