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Tornado Batters 100 Homes At Seaside Resort
A small tornado wreaked havoc across a seaside resort, bringing trees down on cars and lifting the roof covering off of houses and huts.
More than 100 homes in Hayling Island, Hampshire, are said to have been damaged after the winds ripped through the coastal community around 7.30am on Sunday.
A Havant Council spokesman said the twister is believed to have caused damage to properties in Blackthorn Road and Ilex Walk.
Cheryl Hart, who lives in the area, told The Portsmouth News the tornado sounded like "a freight train hurtling along the road".
She said: "It woke me up. You could hear it coming. It sounded like a freight train coming up the road.
"You could actually see it. It's difficult to describe but it was like a big grey wall. I didn't see any rubbish or debris in it - just a big grey wall of wind.
"We have just got a bit of damage to our garden but other homes have been hit.
"One has a kayak that has been blown into the garden. No-one knows where it has come from."
No injuries were reported but several trees were blown down and tiles were ripped off the roofs of several houses.
Nearby, several outhouses and beach huts lost their roofs to the wind and some walls were blown over.
Several cars are also believed to have been damaged by fallen trees and broken fences.
One couple reported that their shed was destroyed and their caravan had been smashed into a tree.
The spokesman for Havant Council said: "Emergency services are at the scene and Havant Borough Council (HBC) is working with Hampshire County Council Highways to clean up the debris.
"HBC building control officers are assessing the damage to the affected properties and more will be known once inspections have been carried out."
Paul Knightley, forecast manager for Meteogroup, said: "The conditions were favourable for a tornado; there is an unstable atmosphere, it is fairly warm for this time of year and there is a lot of moisture in the air."