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Tornado upturns caravan


People in the south of England and the Midlands will have been glad they took out caravan insurance after winds ripped tiles from houses and even managed to flip caravans over.

As many as ten individual tornadoes were recorded in Farnborough, Eye, Luton, Nuneaton, Long Eaton, Northampton, Nottingham, Scunthorpe, Whittlesey and Ollerton.

Although luckily there have been no reports of injuries, trees were uprooted, tiles were pulled off roofs and chimney pots were knocked over.

In Cambridgeshire, a motorist told police of witnessing a car blown across a road by a tornado, while a double-decker school bus lost part of its roof after being struck by a falling branch near Northampton.

The Met Office said that winds were up to speeds of 70mph.

A Farnborough resident told the Guardian: “The entire flat just felt as if it was about to take off – just like in that scene in the Wizard of Oz. The noise was absolutely tremendous. I thought that the windows were about to come crashing in.

“The devastation is unbelievable. Slates, bus shelters, all just blown everywhere.”

Tony Bing reported seeing a bus shelter destroyed and a caravan overturned by the raging winds.

Seventy-three-year-old Brian Denton confirmed that he awoke to find that his caravan had been flipped over and on his street around 30 houses were damaged by the tornado.