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Barton-on-Sea ‘tornado’ causes damage to homes


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Media captionHomes were damaged and a six-foot wall was brought down

A “tornado” left a trail of destruction when it struck coastal villages in Hampshire.

People in Barton-on-Sea and Ashley were woken by howling winds and lashing rain in the early hours of Friday.

Homes were damaged, fencing was flattened and a 6ft-high (1.8m) wall was brought down.

Dave Thorne, from Barton, described the noise as “really, scarily loud”. BBC Weather presenter Simon King said radar images supported the tornado claims.

Mr Thorne said he heard an “almighty crash” and his window frames broke inward at about 04:00 GMT.

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Dave Thorne

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Fence panels were torn down by the wind

“The wind noise increased dramatically and there was rain and debris lashing,” he said.

“It’s like the tornado has gone up the road – there is a clear line of destruction from the direction of the sea heading inland.”

He said fence panels in Seaward Avenue were brought down, with one appearing to have been blown 40ft (12m) before crashing through a window.

“I’ve never seen or heard anything like it,” said Mr Thorne. “It felt cataclysmic.”



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