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Last Updated: Tuesday September 25 2007 07:00 GMT

'Mini' tornadoes rip through UK

A caravan toppled by a tornado in Farnborough
This caravan was flipped over in Farnborough

A series of small tornadoes have damaged parts of the UK after high winds and rainstorms struck.

In Luton a heavy storm battered the city around 7am, ripping through gardens and pulling tiles from roofs.

A police spokeswoman said up to 10 houses were damaged in Farnborough, some of them very badly.

A weather expert from the Met Office said the weather conditions - strong gusts of wind and heavy rain - were likely to cause tornadoes.

A tree toppled by a tornado in Woking
A tree toppled by a tornado in Woking
She added: "There have been sightings of tornadoes in a number of areas - Luton, Coventry, Nuneaton, Northampton, Farnborough."

Henna, 12, lives in Woking and said she was really worried by the bad weather.

She said: "I was getting ready for school when suddenly there was heavy rain storms and then near my house there was a very heavy tree which fell. Luckily no-one got hurt."

Sheryl, 12, said she didn't see any tornadoes in Harlow but it was really windy.

Tornadoes are measured on something called the T scale. The scale starts at 0 for a light tornado and goes up to 10.

Weather experts said the reports of damage sounded like they were T2 or T3 - which is moderate to strong.


Have the mini-tornadoes hit your area?

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"I live in Farnborough which was hit and my house and neighbours got hit really badly, scary eh?"

Mel, 12, Farnborough, England

"My best friend lives near Fern Hill Road and it was closed this morning on the way to school. There was heavy rain and thunder."

Daniella, 11, Farnborough, England

"I am worried about the tornadoes in other towns but I do not think they will come here."

Heather, 10, Pontefract, England

"This morning I was getting ready for school when suddenly there were heavy rain storms and then near my house there was a very heavy tree which fell. Luckily no-one got hurt, but I was so worried this morning."

Henna, 12, Woking, England

"No tornadoes have hit Harlow I don't think, but there was heavy rain this morning and it was really windy as well."

Sheryl, 12, Harlow, England