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Tornado causes damage on Hayling Island

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A tornado caused extensive damage to a number of houses in Hayling Island today,

This morning, nearly 100 houses have had their roofs damaged after high winds and rain hit the island.

Several cars have also been damaged from fallen trees and broken fences but there were no reported injuries.

Hampshire Constabulary were called to the incident that happened on Fishery Lane, Blackthorn Road and Ilex Walk,

A spokesman for the police said: ‘We received a call at 7.45am of a fallen tree in Fishery Lane.

‘Other calls came in shortly aftewards of broken fences, damaged cars and damaged roofs to around 100 houses.

‘Beach huts on the seafront are also damaged.

‘Reports are saying it was a mini-tornado.

‘Police officers and on the scene and working with the council to clear the damage.’

Ilex Walk resident Kara Saunders, who took dramatic pictures of the aftermath of the tornado, said it sounded like the hurricane of 1987.

Her near neighbour Carol Pemberton said: ‘It really scared me.’

And resident Tony Hayman described how his caravan was turned over and smashed into a tree by the ferocious wind.

Kala Kilshaw-Laing was looking after her parents’ house in Ilex Walk when a tree crashed down on their car.

In Blackthorn Road, Cheryl Hart said the tornado sounded like a freight train.

As a forecaster said that the tornado was no surprise, Havant Borough Council said it had officers inspecting the damage.

At Mengeham Rythe Sailing Club, many boats and dinghys were damaged and it was estimated the total bill could reach £100,000.

We have a picture package here of pictures taken by News photographer Paul Jacobs.

If you have been affected by the mini-tornado please call reporter Ellie Pilmoor on 02392 622 138 or email her at ellie.pilmoor@thenews.co.uk

See The News tomorrow for further coverage of the tornado

 

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