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In pictures: Birmingham tornado

Uprooted trees littered the streets of Moseley

Wind speeds of up to 130mph uprooted hundreds of trees

Cars were crushed by falling trees

Many cars were crushed beneath them

Images of storm taken from Custard Factory in Digbeth - Picture: Steve Best

Much of Birmingham fell under darkness for several minutes as the storm hit

Kings Heath High Street is cordoned off

Emergency services arrived shortly afterwards

Debris litters Kings Heath High Street

They cordoned off streets after finding homes and businesses wrecked

Iceland store in Kings Heath - Picture: James Johnstone

The tornado ripped off the front of the Iceland food store in Kings Heath

Street in south Birmingham - Picture: Sarah Hyde

One eye witness described the scene as being reminiscent of a "film set"

Two trees block a Moseley street - Picture: Jonathan Hill

The freak winds also affected the Moseley area of the city

Tree on a car in Birmingham - Picture: Kevin White

Nineteen people were hurt in the storm, three seriously



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