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  • Location: Tilgate, West Sussex
  • Location: Tilgate, West Sussex

    Don't know if this has been reported yet, but I was just getting my lunch and saw live pictures from Sky showing damage that a "small" tornado has just done! Damage to quite a few houses being shown! Anyone got anymore info?

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  • Location: Mansfield, Notts 123m ASL
  • Location: Mansfield, Notts 123m ASL

    A tornado has swept through an area of north-west London leaving a trail of destruction behind.

    Several buildings and cars were badly damaged when the freak weather hit Kensal Rise.

    Police said no-one had been hurt, but fire and ambulance crews were still at the scene in Chamberlayne Road. The road has been closed.

    One witness said there was heavy rain and sleet and he saw debris "falling through the air".

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  • Location: Caterham-on-the-hill, Surrey, 190m asl (home), Heathrow (work)
  • Location: Caterham-on-the-hill, Surrey, 190m asl (home), Heathrow (work)

    Good to see no-one using the word 'mini' yet :o

    Could have been a sudden high gust of wind from a downburst in a heavy shower, but equally could have been tornadic.

    Closer look at the video does seem to suggest it was a tornado looking at the path of damage across the roof tops.

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  • Location: Tilgate, West Sussex
  • Location: Tilgate, West Sussex
    Good to see no-one using the word 'mini' yet :o

    Could have been a sudden high gust of wind from a downburst in a heavy shower, but equally could have been tornadic.

    Yes it's always good when they use the correct terminology! :o

    It's possible that it was straight line winds that caused it, I guess we'll find out more once TORRO have been on the scene!

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  • Location: Caterham-on-the-hill, Surrey, 190m asl (home), Heathrow (work)
  • Location: Caterham-on-the-hill, Surrey, 190m asl (home), Heathrow (work)

    Always worrying that people could get seriously injured when tornadoes, no matter how small or 'mini', hit urban populated areas, as the Birmingham event testified.

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  • Location: Longlevens, 16m ASL / Bradley Stoke, 75m ASL
  • Weather Preferences: Hot sunny summers, cold snowy winters
  • Location: Longlevens, 16m ASL / Bradley Stoke, 75m ASL

    Wow, I guess with more urbanisation this sort of incident will only increase.

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  • Location: Tilgate, West Sussex
  • Location: Tilgate, West Sussex

    I think it's been near enough a miracle that no one has actually died from being hit yet, let's hope that continues for quite a while yet! :o

    Again, reports coming in that no one has been injured, quite incredible! :o

    it's interesting about the reports of sleet, could that be a sign of a significant downburst?

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  • Location: Tilgate, West Sussex
  • Location: Tilgate, West Sussex
    Reports of 6 people injured, I supprised it's so few

    I spoke too soon! Hopefully not serious?

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  • Location: Stanley, County Durham.
  • Weather Preferences: Anything Extreme!
  • Location: Stanley, County Durham.
    Good to see no-one using the word 'mini' yet :lol:

    Kay Burley called it a baby tornado just before :doh:

    Its a shame some people probably won't be back in their homes for Christmas.

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  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley
  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley

    And the Irony is that I was placed in Southwark on the South Eastern Side (Perfect If Storm Chasing) as did not see anything out of the ordinary, saw some cracking Cg bolts in that direction but could not see the Base of the Storm, was pretty violent though at about 11am.

    Paul Sherman

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  • Location: Ware, Herts
  • Location: Ware, Herts
    6 injured, 1 seriously

    Eyewitness says it looked like a "classic tornado", moving at "an unbelieveable" rate

    hard to say how accurate that is though (eye witness)

    it could be exagerated

    it looks pretty bad though to take down walls and rooves!

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  • Location: Brecon Beacons, South Wales
  • Location: Brecon Beacons, South Wales

    It was about half a mile from me (yikes), about 10 minutes into a thunder shower. It went very, very dark, very quickly. The wind sounded similar to the storm of 1987, a loud, steady roar that lasted for about a minute, not at all like a downdraft. I didn't imagine it was anything that serious, though. Wish I'd thought to look out of the window.

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  • Location: Tilgate, West Sussex
  • Location: Tilgate, West Sussex

    Mods, can you change the title to reflect the homepage title?

    I don't it can be classed as a small tornado now. Looking at the reports and pictures, it seems to be the same intensity if not duration of the Birmingham tornado?

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  • Location: Ware, Herts
  • Location: Ware, Herts

    same shower affected me here about 20 miles away...

    absolutely chucked it down with squally winds and thunder/lightning too

    it didn't last long but sitting inside a school hall sitting a mock exam it sounded quite bad out

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  • Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire
  • Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

    OMG - Those poor people and just before Christmas too. There seems to be quite alot of structural damage too........what's really bizarre is I know Chamberlayne Road really well as my best friend used to live there......(the operative word being used to)

    CP

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