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Last Updated: Friday September 15 2006 15:22 GMT

In Pictures: Tornadoes land in Yorkshire

Mini tornadoes have swept across parts of Yorkshire and caused damage to trees and homes.  One views, Alex, sent us these pictures of the chaos it caused in Leeds

Mini tornadoes have swept across parts of Yorkshire and caused damage to trees and homes. One viewer, Alex, sent us these pictures of the chaos it caused in Leeds

Loads of rain fell in half an hour on Thursday afternoon. Trees were damaged by the wind and lightning strikes

Loads of rain fell in half an hour on Thursday afternoon. Trees were damaged by the wind and lightning strikes

Tornadoes happen when warm wind meets a cold one. But they don't often happen in the UK

Tornadoes happen when warm wind meets a cold one. But they don't often happen in the UK

The wind is often so strong that it destroys everything in its path - in Leeds it even uprooted this tree

The wind is often so strong that it destroys everything in its path - in Leeds it even uprooted this tree

Three schools in Leeds were closed on Friday as people started to clear up the mess and mend walls like this one that was hit by a falling tree!

Three schools in Leeds were closed on Friday as people started to clear up the mess and mend walls like this one that was hit by a falling tree!