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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 May 2007, 07:00 GMT 08:00 UK
Houses damaged in freak weather
Car which crashed during mini-tornado
The strong winds lifted the car wheels off the road
Freak weather conditions wreak havoc in Carrickfergus, ripping roof tiles off homes and endangering motorists.

Residents around the Thorndene Park area described the winds as a mini-tornado, which struck at about 2100 BST on Wednesday.

Local woman Helen McGuinness said "all of a sudden the sky got dark".

"The back of a guy's car lifted off the ground and he hit a lamp post. He went to hospital but he's just a bit shaken up with sore shoulders and back."

The police had earlier advised motorists to take extra care as heavy rain spread across Northern Ireland, but there was no mention of tornadoes in the warning.


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