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Last Updated: Thursday October 13 2005 09:51 GMT

Second tornado strikes Birmingham

Mohammed Saleem next to the debris from his roof
A clean-up operation has begun after a tornado struck Birmingham for the second time this year.

The storm on Wednesday evening whipped the roof off a family's house in Moseley, closing a nearby road which was covered in building debris.

High winds of around 80mph (128km/h). also bent trees, knocked down fences and ripped tiles from roofs.

But weather experts say the tornado was not as bad as the one that hit the same area in July.

Mohammed Saleem, his wife, four children and mother were not in their terraced house at the time the roof was ripped off just before 8pm. No one was injured in the accident.

Flood warnings

The Environment Agency has issued four flood warnings in the West Midlands after several centimetres of rain fell in under an hour in the Edgbaston area.

July's tornado lifted roofs from houses, uprooted trees and overturned cars in the Kings Heath and Moseley areas.

Some residents have still not been allowed back to their homes.

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