Widnes tornado: Trampoline flies ‘150 ft into air’ during ‘trail of destruction’

Widnes tornado: Housing estate residents tend to damage

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Residents in Widnes, Merseyside hid indoors as the mini twister left a “trail of destruction”. One eyewitness said a trampoline was sent flying “150ft into the air”.

Dom Smith told The Liverpool Echo: “It was driving down the back lane obviously and the next minute bins started flying in the air, trees going.

“One of those, what are they called, a trampoline literally flying 150ft in the air going over the houses.

“Within about 20-30 seconds it was back to normal.”

Shocking images show brick walls toppled and wood fencing strewn on pavements.

A Cheshire Police spokeswoman said: “At 12.25pm on Wednesday, October 20, police received reports of damage in the Widnes area.

“The damage includes a wall falling down, windows of cars smashed and debris on Camberwell Road.

“A number of road closures are in place including Camberwell Road at the junction of Moorfield (Road).

“Damage has also occurred to the garage of a property on Kensington Close.

“There have been no reports of any injuries.

“The damage has been reported to police as being caused by a mini tornado.”

Local residents took to Twitter to share pictures and videos of the damage. 

One resident posted a video of the chaos, showing garden fences torn down by the wind and piles of rubble on the pavement

She said: “Tornado has hit our estate. Total devastation.” 

Another said: “‘there’s been a tornado in Widnes’ A phrase I didn’t expect to hear today…. So many houses here damaged! Roof tiles everywhere..fences and walls down. One woman’s told us it lasted just 20 seconds.” 

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