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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 July, 2005, 13:18 GMT 14:18 UK
Farmer 'lifted in air' by tornado
Thirsk tornado (picture by Neil Collinson)
The tornado in Thirsk was captured on film by eyewitnesses
A farmer has said he was lifted off the ground with his cattle trailer by a tornado in North Yorkshire - the second "twister" to hit the county in a week.

Albert Parker was sheltering by the trailer near the A64 just north east of York when he was lifted into the air and then dropped to the ground.

He was not injured but was shaken by the experience.

Eyewitnesses on the York to Scarborough road who called BBC Radio York said the tornado moved with frightening force.

There were no initial reports of any injuries but some buildings alongside the A64 were damaged.

Last Thursday, residents in the North Yorkshire market town of Thirsk witnessed a tornado - less than two weeks after the town was hit by flash floods.

Meteorologists at nearby RAF Leeming who monitored the phenomenon said it was technically a funnel cloud because it did not make contact with the ground.

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