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Last Updated: Tuesday, 16 May 2006, 21:14 GMT 22:14 UK
'Mini-tornado' strikes small town
Car damaged by 'mini-tornado'
Strong winds swept through the town, damaging property
A "mini-tornado" has swept through a small town in County Donegal, damaging cars, house roofs and windows lying in its path.

The town of Buncrana was struck by strong winds early on Tuesday evening. Local woman Rachel Hegarty said it had been a terrifying experience.

"I had to lie down on the floor because there was a plank of wood heading for the window," she said.

"It only lasted a minute or two, if even that.

"The trees were bent right down. I looked outside and saw a van, and a sheet of wood had smashed right into a window."

Last year, a tornado struck the County Antrim villages of Aghalee and Rasharkin.

A tornado expert said at the time that as many as five such incidents would hit Northern Ireland each year.

Paul Knightley of the Tornado and Storm Research Organisation said tornados were "not particularly common, but they're not uncommon either".


SEE ALSO:
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