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‘Twister’ leaves trail of destruction in New Milton
12:43pm Thursday 30th August 2012 in New Forest
A FREAK storm lashed a New Forest town yesterday, ripping up a conservatory roof and sending debris across a neighbourhood.
Eyewitness living in the Osborne Road area of New Milton reported a violent wind coming out of the blue at about 11.30am, damaging homes as it whipped down the street.
Tony Morris, 69, who lives in Osborne Road, said: “There was this almighty roar. It was like an explosion and felt like the side of the house was coming in.
“It happened so quick. Then I released it must have been a twister.”
Mr Morris then discovered that debris from a conservatory roof, which had blown off from several doors down, had smashed through a roof window.
Peter Smith, 48, who is the landlord of the Wellington Brassiere, in Osborne Road, said: “In all my years I have never seen anything like it. It just came out of nowhere.
“I heard that a garden wall had come down. It was very extreme.”
The Met Office confirmed last night that yesterday’s unsettled weather patterns were ideal conditions for freak weather like a mini tornado.