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    Tornadoes Suspected in Damaging UK Storm

    By By Jim Andrews, Accuweather.com senior meteorologist
    April 30, 2012, 12:47:07 AM EDT

    Severe weather believed to be the result of tornadoes has left localized damage in England as a wet month of April unfolds across the U.K.

    There have been no reports of injury or widespread major damage following Wednesday's stormy weather.

    Residents of Rugby said it was a tornado that had "ripped a path" through their Warwickshire property, where a chimney and some fencing were damaged, the BBC News website said on Thursday.

    Warwickshire police said that a number of homes in the area had been damaged.

    Upon hearing a roaring, Rugby resident Beryl Clarke recalled having rushed to her leaving room, seeing the wind hit her greenhouse. "The shed came over the fence from next door, it was like something out of a film," she said, adding, "next door's got a trampoline outside their dining room and I don't know where it's come from. Everybody's got everyone else's stuff."

    In another, separate, instance of severe local weather, farm building were blown down near Halstead, Essex, leaving 20 chickens dead, the BBC said. Farmer Alan Barrow said that he was lifted and thrown to the ground by the storm, which was reported to have been a tornado.

    Essex resident Tony Blackwell described the storm thus: "We had hailstones first of all and we came outside and we saw all the debris flailing and spinning around in a big circle in the sky. Then we could see all the trees bending over and we realized it was a tornado."


    The U.K. Met Office have confirmed hearing of three tornado reports, the Daily Mail website said. 'We get reports of about 30 tornadoes a year," a spokesman was quoted as saying.

    The latest storm is one in a string of wet weather systems that as put the U.K. on a path to one of its wettest Aprils in memory, according to multiple sources. It has even been speculated that the month will end up ranking first in the record books.

    Although heavy rains unleashed by Wednesday's storm have triggered some minor flooding, they have been welcomed. Much of England has suffered from months of low rainfall, and water restrictions have been put in place.

    Water company authorities indicated that more rain will be needed to erase shortfalls accumulated over months of deficit rainfall, according to the Daily Mail.

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