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UK News Residents' houses in 'ruins' after mini tornado tears through street

19:55  12 december  2019
19:55  12 december  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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Homeowners in a Midlands neighbourhood have been left with enormous bills after a "mini tornado" struck late on Wednesday.

Residents in Hanley, near Stoke, saw high winds rip down power lines and knock tiles from roofs as extreme weather hit at around 6.30pm.

Hanley and surrounds was one of the most battered parts of the country as Storm Brendan swept across Britain.

Emergency services were called after homes were damaged, fences toppled and trampolines flung from gardens in the wind.

Storm Brendan

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Residents said they were hit by a 'mini tornado' (Photo: SWNS)

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Firefighters confirmed they attended Cemetery View in the town, while another appliance was called to nearby Goms Mill Road.

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Resident Paul Wood, 44, said: "My partner told me the roads had been closed because of a mini tornado.

"It caused havoc and was pretty frightening by all accounts. I was out but she was pretty shaken up, she said she's never heard wind like it."

Gran-of-two Christine Davies, 64, who lives in a bungalow in nearby Ley Gardens, estimated the cost of the damage will run into six figures

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She said: “It was just before 6pm and it came on all of a sudden. I thought the window was going to go through. It blew them open and water rushed in from the rain.

“The wind was so strong it pulled the blinds down. It shocked me and I was terrified. My fire was shaking.

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“My friend who was with me said ‘there is a lot of crashing, the bins are blown over, the fence is down which keeps the dog in.’

“I was getting wound up. We went out instead of sitting in worrying. When we came back there were two fire engines blocking the road.

Fences ripped apart

Fences were toppled (Photo: SWNS)

"We left the car and walked around. All the people in the bungalows are elderly and I am one of the younger ones, so they must have been scared. It was quick but frightening.

“It had taken the guttering and carport roof off. It’s a small area. Less than a dozen houses affected. It must have rushed through. It was a freak thing but dead frightening.

“The fire engines were there quite a while. We couldn’t get access to the street. I have only lived here for 15 months so it was just my luck.

“I should think there is over £100,000 damage done. It seems to have ripped off loads of tiling.

“It was if the wind was scooped down the street. They have already started fixing the roof of the school. The contractors are already on the street fixing the damage.

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“It has been a hive of activity. Scaffolding has gone up and the reaction has been really good.”

Another local, Rochelle Joynson, 34, who also lives on Goms Mill Road, said: "I was at work and I had a phone call from my neighbour.

“They said that there had been tiles falling off the roof of my house. I came back at about 8pm to find quite a big hole in my roof.

“There are tiles all over the street. It’s not what you expect to find coming home.

“I haven’t got out of bed yet to check this morning. There were fire engines and emergency services last night but its all clear now.”

A Met Office spokesperson said: “It’s not out of the question that there could have been a small tornado.

"We do get mini tornadoes in the UK, but nothing like the power you would see in the US.

Garden's damaged

The Met said extreme weather can happen here (Photo: SWNS)

“There was a squally cold front moving through. There were some quite high gusty winds coming through the UK yesterday.

“Top wind gusts from yesterday were either at higher altitudes in Scotland or coastal areas in the UK.

"There were gusts of 24mph recorded in Leek, Staff., northeast of Stoke."

A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "We were called to Goms Mill Road at 6.01pm. Two pumps attended the scene.

"There were phone lines and electricty lines that had come down. It was weather related. Crews from Cheadle and Longton attended.

"We were then called to Cemetery View - four properties were affected after a large amount of roof tiles came off.

"The call came in at 6.32pm and we sent a crew from Hanley and the aerial platform from Longton."

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