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US News TORNADO terror at 4am: Seaside villagers wake to trail of destruction with fences and roofing torn off after brutal winds - as UK faces first taste of winter with -5C tomorrow and SNOW on the way

15:35  17 january  2020
15:35  17 january  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A night-time " tornado " caused a trail of destruction when it struck coastal villages in Hampshire. People in Barton-on-Sea and Ashley reported being woken by howling winds and lashing rain in the Image caption Fence panels were torn down by the wind . He described the experience as being A resident of nearby Ashley said: "It made a sound like a train passing followed by a bang on the roof .

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a man doing a trick on a skateboard: Dave Thorne holds a smashed garden fence after a tornado hit the New Forest village of Barton-on-Sea early today © Provided by Daily Mail Dave Thorne holds a smashed garden fence after a tornado hit the New Forest village of Barton-on-Sea early today A tornado left a trail of destruction today after ripping through a village in the New Forest in the early hours.

Residents in Barton-on-Sea, Hampshire, were woken at 4am as the twister blasted through the town 'like an 'express train. The strength of the winds of up to 80mph shook houses, sending roof tiles smashing to the ground.

A 30ft long brick wall collapsed under the strength of the gusts while fence panels were flung through the air. Part of a garden shed that had been picked up by the tornado smashed a hole through the windscreen of a car.

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The glass panel of a front door was also shattered by flying debris, although there were no reports of injuries during the tornado which lasted for a matter a seconds. Weather experts say it was 'probable that it was a tornado.

a close up of a map © Provided by Daily Mail It comes as temperatures will fall to -5C (23F) this weekend as Britain is hit by the first cold snap of the year. 

The tornado made a 300-yard path through Barton-on-Sea, affecting suburban homes on Seaward Avenue, Sea Road and Keysworth Avenue.

a man standing in front of a building: Mike Bird holds a piece of someone's shed roof which ended up hitting his car in Barton-on-Sea in the early hours of today © Provided by Daily Mail Mike Bird holds a piece of someone's shed roof which ended up hitting his car in Barton-on-Sea in the early hours of today Local resident Dave Thorne, 66, said: 'We were woken at around 4am and it was like a sci-fi movie. There was an almighty crash, it sounded like Armageddon was going on outside.

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a train is parked on the side of a building: The extreme weather ripped apart garden fence panels which smashed into glass doors in Barton-on-Sea in Hampshire today © Provided by Daily Mail The extreme weather ripped apart garden fence panels which smashed into glass doors in Barton-on-Sea in Hampshire today 'It went very quickly from just normal storm and wind noise to sounding like a freight train was hitting our window. There was a loud crack and the whole house felt like it was buffering. Our bedroom windows have been pushed in.

a house with trees in the background: The tornado left a trail of destruction today after it ripped through the village in the New Forest in the early hours of today © Provided by Daily Mail The tornado left a trail of destruction today after it ripped through the village in the New Forest in the early hours of today 'The UPVC support structures are broken and we have fence and roof damage. We'll have to pay to for a new fence and we have people from the insurance company coming round later about the other damage.

'The main thing is that nobody was injured as far as we know but it was really scary while it was going on.'

a close up of a map: This graphic shows where the tornado ripped through the Hampshire village of Barton-on-Sea at about 4am this morning © Provided by Daily Mail This graphic shows where the tornado ripped through the Hampshire village of Barton-on-Sea at about 4am this morning

Mike Bird, 65, said: 'I was out for the count but my wife woke up and said 'what the hell was that?' It was like a big bang that shook the whole house. It was hammering it down with rain.

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First responders worked through the night to begin search and rescue efforts for people who were The tornado was on the ground for nearly 20 miles. Three people were killed in Golden City The Golden City and Carl Junction tornadoes were rated EF3 with maximum winds near 140 mph.

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a man standing in front of a brick building: Roof repairs in Barton-on-Sea today as homeowners count the cost of the tornado which hit the south coast town overnight © Provided by Daily Mail Roof repairs in Barton-on-Sea today as homeowners count the cost of the tornado which hit the south coast town overnight 'Our Renault Scenic has a big hole in the rear windscreen from where it had been hit by flying debris. We think it was struck by part of someone's shed. We have a hole in a roof from where roof tiles have come off.'

a group of people standing on top of a wooden fence: Three neighbours in Barton-on-Sea who all lost fences today - from left, Stephen Powell, Dave Thorne and Martin Young © Provided by Daily Mail Three neighbours in Barton-on-Sea who all lost fences today - from left, Stephen Powell, Dave Thorne and Martin Young Annette O'Flynn added: 'Our garden shed was totally demolished in Seaward Avenue. It felt like the whole house moved and it was very scary.'

a statue of a person in a garden: Stephen Powell looks at a wall which collapsed into his garden during the tornado overnight in Barton-on-Sea © Provided by Daily Mail Stephen Powell looks at a wall which collapsed into his garden during the tornado overnight in Barton-on-Sea And Stephen Maskell said: 'We were woken by something which sounded like an express train thundering past the house and gravel hitting the windows.

a man standing on a bridge: Resident Dave Thorne stands next to a smashed garden fence after the tornado ripped through Barton-on-Sea overnight © Provided by Daily Mail Resident Dave Thorne stands next to a smashed garden fence after the tornado ripped through Barton-on-Sea overnight 'It bought down our front fence including snapping a concrete post in half, breaking ridge tiles on the roof and dislodging tiles. It was very scary indeed.'

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a large lawn in front of a house: Fence panels were ripped apart, roof tiles were flung across the New Forest village today and conservatories were damaged © Provided by Daily Mail Fence panels were ripped apart, roof tiles were flung across the New Forest village today and conservatories were damaged Radar images taken at the time suggest that the damage was caused by a tornado and the incident has been reported to Torro, the UK's leading tornado and storm research group.

a house that is parked on the side of a building: A brick wall was also destroyed by the tornado which ripped through the seaside village of Barton-on-Sea this morning © Provided by Daily Mail A brick wall was also destroyed by the tornado which ripped through the seaside village of Barton-on-Sea this morning

Among their ranks is forecaster Paul Knightley, who works for DTN Weather which is behind the BBC's forecasts. He said it was 'probable' a tornado had caused the damage and that a member of Torro would visit the site soon to investigate further.

the roof of a building: Roof tiles were ripped off this property in Barton-on-Sea this morning as a tornado swept through the Hampshire village © Provided by Daily Mail Roof tiles were ripped off this property in Barton-on-Sea this morning as a tornado swept through the Hampshire village How England is the world's tornado capital

There are more twisters per square mile in England than in any other country - and they are most common between Reading and London, with the Thames Valley the country's very own Tornado Alley.

On average England is hit by about 34 tornadoes a year – which works out at 2.2 per 10,000km sq.

While they may be more commonly associated with the US, in films such as Twister or sweeping Dorothy from Kansas in The Wizard Of Oz, the large size of America means that its average number of tornadoes is just 1.3 per 10,000km sq each year.

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Tornadoes usually last for a few hours and measure roughly a quarter of a mile across. They are caused by warm air and cold air colliding during storms.

University of Manchester scientists put together a map in 2015 of UK tornado strikes, finding that the Thames Valley is the most likely area in Britain to be hit.

The chance of a tornado occurring within 10km of any location in the area is about 6 per cent. 

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Tornadoes have caused destruction costing millions of pounds in England – as well as injuries. A 2005 twister in Birmingham that recorded speeds of 130mph injured 19 people, causing £40million of damage and tearing up more than 1,000 trees. 

And, in just two minutes, a tornado in Kensal Green, North-West London, wrecked property worth £10million in December 2006.

After the Thames Valley, the most likely to be affected was an area from Bristol through Birmingham to Manchester, which had almost a 5 per cent chance.

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He said: 'There were big and heavy showers at the time in question and the damage reported does tie up. When damage is in a clear track - as appears to be the case here - it is more often than not the result of a tornado.

'I would say it is probable there was one here and the the type of damage reported is consistent with weak, low level tornadoes. It's impossible to say what the exact wind speeds were at the time but my guess would be between 50mph and 80mph.'

A spokesman for the Met Office said: 'We cannot say definitely if a tornado formed or not. The weather conditions at this time were conducive to the formation of funnel clouds or tornadoes.

'Around 30 tornadoes a year are reported in the UK. These are typically small and short-lived, but can cause structural damage if they pass over built-up areas.' 

This weekend, sub-zero conditions are expected as bitterly north-easterly winds sweep the nation - with wintry weather continuing next week as stormy conditions are forecast to return to Scotland and northern England.

The coldest areas early tomorrow morning will be Northern Ireland at -3C (27F) and West Wales at -2C (28F), before the early hours of Sunday bring lows of -5C (23F) to the same areas as well as Scotland. 

The change in weather - following three storms in four days this week reaching gusts of up to 121mph - will be driven in part by winter storms in the US jolting the UK's jet stream allowing high pressure to build. 

A relatively flat jet stream has been steering low pressure systems towards Britain, but this is set to change as a winter storm exits North America into the western Atlantic Ocean.

As the storm heads into the Atlantic, it helps to buckle the jet stream - pushing low pressure towards Greenland and allowing high pressure to form over the UK. This will bring a dry and fine but cold weekend with frosts.

However a flooding risk remains - mostly in the South and Midlands - after the Environment Agency issued 161 flood alerts, which mean flooding is possible, and 14 flood warnings, meaning flooding is expected, in England.

Met Office meteorologist Bonnie Diamond said: 'There is going to be a big change in the weather this weekend with high pressure arriving bringing much calmer but colder conditions.

'Overnight temperatures could dip widely to or below freezing and there will be the risk of showers along eastern coasts. As we enter a north-easterly flow, there will be a risk of snow showers along the coasts.

'Next week, high pressure over southern and central regions will bring more settled weather while the north could turn more unsettled again with a risk of showers and strong winds.

'There are signs that as we head towards the end of January, high pressure will linger across southern England while there is the chance of more unsettled conditions further north.'

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