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Wales Tornado: Caravans Destroyed In Aberystwyth As Winds Reach 94mph

'Absolute carnage.'

17/11/2016 15:37 | Updated 17 November 2016

A suspected cluster of mini tornadoes have torn through parts of Wales and the Midlands.

Winds of up to 94mph were recorded in parts of Wales on Thursday afternoon.

Thomas Scarrott, director of the Clarach Bay Holiday Village near Aberystwyth, said between 15 – 20 caravans had been destroyed as he tweeted dramatic images of the aftermath.

Thomas Scarrott
Between 15 and 20 caravans at the Clarach Bay Holiday Village near Aberystwyth were upended 

He said: “This is not a joke. Just had a tornado hit Clarach! Major damage. No one hurt. It seemed to be heading towards Bow Street.

“Absolute carnage. Emergency services on scene. Everyone is safe though.”

Sky weather producer Christopher England said: “It’s certainly possible we’ve had a tornado, as they are typically associated with thunderstorms and large variations in the wind with height, which we have had today.

BBC Weather says the high winds were brought in by a squally cold front and they are expected to clear in the east through the course of the afternoon.

Thomas Scarrott
The damage appears to have been most extensive in Wales 

It added a brief but intense period of rain and further squally winds are expected before clearing into the North Sea this evening.

The Met Office has issued a yellow severe weather warning of very strong winds moving eastwards across the UK.

The Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue force said it had attended 25 weather-related incidents due to strong winds, including felled trees and power lines.

Aberystwyth Lifeboat tweeted: “Did you feel that gust of wind? It registered 82knts on our weather page, hurricane force!!”

Gusts of 84mph were recorded in Shawbury, Shropshire. 

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