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Flying sheds and roof tiles as ‘biblical’ tornado hits

GOT OFF LIGHTLY: Georgeena Butler surveys the damage caused by Saturdays mini tornado in Acton.

GOT OFF LIGHTLY: Georgeena Butler surveys the damage caused by Saturdays mini tornado in Acton.

Trampolines were thrown into the air, roof tiles ripped off and a light aircraft flipped over as a mini-tornado struck Acton.

The area was hit by strong winds and heavy rain at around 4.45pm on Saturday.

Witnesses reported seeing the tornado enter the village through Browns Close and make its way through to Clayhall Place, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

Georgeena Butler said she was returning from walking her dogs when the downpour started.

“A black veil suddenly came across the sky and the rain which came down was horrendous,” said Mrs Butler, from Browns Close.

“Then we thought the house had been struck by lightening because it shook.”

Fence panels were flung into the air, roof tiles rained down and flying debris dented cars.

“The devastation was unbelievable and there must have been at least 30 properties nearby that were damaged,” said Mrs Butler, a consultant at a weight-loss group in Long Melford.

“We lost a few roof tiles, but seem to have got off relatively lightly compared to some others. One of our neighbours lost most of their roof.”

A private plane, which was tied down on a landing strip at Cuckoo Tye Farm, was another casualty of the extreme weather.

The gusting winds are thought to have flipped the aircraft on to its wing, causing substantial damage.

Mrs Butler likened the mini-tornado to experiencing the great storm in 1987.

“It was amazing no-one was hurt,” she said. “The noise was immense.

“It was like the winds in ‘87 and it was nothing short of biblical.

“As fast as it came in, it was gone and the black clouds lifted,” she added.

The bill for the clean-up is expected to run into thousands of pounds.

 

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