Hayling tornado: cleanup continues

CLEAN UP Havant Council workers removing tree debris in Fishery Lane. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (132921-1)
CLEAN UP Havant Council workers removing tree debris in Fishery Lane. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (132921-1)

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A MASSIVE cleanup operation in Hayling Island continues this morning after a tornado swept through the area on Sunday morning.

Almost 100 homes were damaged when high winds and rain crossed the island.

Properties in Fishery Lane, Blackthorn Road and Ilex Walk were caught in the path of destruction with roof tiles ripped off, fences destroyed and a caravan even blown over into a tree.

Several cars were damaged by falling trees. No injuries were reported.

Hampshire Constabulary, which had a number of calls from 7.45am yesterday, described the cause as a ‘mini-tornado’.

Cheryl Hart, who lives in Blackthorn Road, said: ‘You could hear it coming. It sounded like a freight train coming up the road.’

Now, residents along with staff from Havant Borough Council are cleaning up the damage caused by the tornado.

Ilex Walk resident Kara Saunders, who took dramatic pictures of the aftermath, compared the sound of the tornado to the 1987 hurricane.

She said: ‘There is a real community spirit out there,’ she said. ‘People have all been helping each other to clear up.’

The total cost of destruction is not yet known. However, the total amount of damage caused to boats and dinghys at Mengeham Rythe Sailing Club could reach £100,000.

Pictures of some of the damage caused by the tornado can be viewed on The News’s gallery.