UK hit by tornado with homes wrecked in storm as Met Office issues warning

A Sussex town has suffered “significant damage” after being battered by a tornado this weekend.

Saturday’s tornado, the second to hit Littlehampton in six weeks, was measured as being a T4 – which SussexLive reports means it is classed as “severe”.

Phone lines were reported to have fallen onto a property and garden furniture and a window were damaged by high winds, according to Sussex Police.

No one is believed to have been injured in the incident with damage to homes and cars also reported.

The Tornado and Storm Research Organisation (Torro) said researchers had been sent to the scene and a full report would be published in due course.

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A spokesperson said: “For the 2nd time in just 6 weeks, a tornado caused significant damage to parts of Littlehampton on Saturday evening.

“A detailed site investigation was carried out on Sunday by TORRO Site Investigators Sarah Horton and Tony Gilbert, and we can confirm a tornado with a provisional rating of T4 on the International Tornado Intensity Scale.

“We’ll publish a full written report in due course, once we’ve had time to fully analyse all of the damage in the area.”

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Sussex has been battered by bad weather in recent days – with flooding causing the Priory Shopping Centre in Hastings to shut on Saturday.

On Sunday evening firefighters in West Sussex said the A29 was closed due to flooding near Bognor Regis, with firefighters working to prevent damage to a nearby electricity sub-station.

Further heavy rain and strong winds are expected in the area over the coming week as Storm Ciarán approaches the UK.

The Met Office has issued five days of weather warnings from today (Sunday, October 29) all the way through until Thursday (November 2), as brutal wind and rain are set to hit the country.

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