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'Tornado' damages cars and homes like scene of Wizard of Oz


The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

A suspected tornado struck part of the UK today, damaging cars and homes "like a scene from the Wizard of Oz," firefighters have said.

London Fire Brigade said a garage collapsed and roof tiles were blown off some properties following "severe" weather in Harrow, north west London, but no one was hurt.

Fire crews were called to Grafton Road shortly before 1.15pm after the garage, which was attached to a house, collapsed and cars in nearby roads suffered minor damage.

Watch manager Mark Ritson, who was at the scene, said: "The weather was quite severe leading up to it. It was sunny but then the sky went black, there was thunder and lightning, hailstones and strong winds. By the time we turned up to the address it was blue sky and sunny again.

"The tornado whizzed through the area, some roof tiles were blown off and caused minor damage to properties and cars in nearby roads but fortunately nobody was injured."

London Fire Brigade tweeted: "We believe that a mini tornado has levelled a single storey garage & damaged cars on Grafton Road in #Harrow. Thankfully no one injured.

"Like a scene from the Wizard of Oz. Firefighters say the sky in #Harrow went black followed by thunder & lightening, hailstones & a tornado."

A fire engine from Harrow fire station and other specialist vehicles attended the incident.

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