THE moment a tornado ripped through a sailing club has been captured on camera.
The 60mph twister scooped up boats and bent trees double as it powered through Menegham Rythe Sailing Club, Hayling Island, for 30 seconds on Sunday morning.
The graining images, taken on CCTV at 7.24am, capture the ferocity of the storm which damaged cars across the east side of the island and damaged almost 100 houses.
One member believed the cost of the damaged to the sailing club alone would reach at least £100,000.
Carol Carter, secretary at the sailing club, said it was a sad day for members and 50 them now face huge costs repairing their battered boats.
She said: ‘The boats are now all in an upright position but there is lots of damage.
‘Some look fine but when you get closer you can see cracks in the hulls.
‘It has been a very emotional time. We’re all grateful that nobody was injured. But it may have been a different story if it happened an hour later. The club wakes up around 9am and people start getting their boats ready to take out, or doing repairs.’
Mrs Carter said a one member’s 30-year-old clinker dinghy was destroyed by the tornado. She added: ‘People are very sad.’
Today the clean up following the damaged caused by the twister continued.