A TORNADO left a trail of destruction after it ripped through Northampton causing thousands of pounds of damage to homes and allotments.
Fences and trees were knocked down, tiles blown off roofs and large parts of an allotment destroyed on Saturday.
Tina Brown said: “We were sitting watching TV when I caught sight of some large cylinder-shaped objects in the sky.
“I thought ‘What on earth are they?’.
“Seconds later the wind got up really strong in our back garden, the sound was frightening.
“I was sitting near the window so I quickly moved away.
“Some large troughs I had against one side of my garden took flight and landed on the opposite side.
“My garden fencing is held up with thick concrete posts.
“One concrete post was blown down along-side two fence panels.”
Laura Brown, from Moulton, said: “I saw you posted an article an hour ago saying it’s not treated as a tornado unless it touches ground. Well, I live on the outskirts of Moulton and it certainly hit the ground behind the back of my house.
“The allotments behind us had severe damage and we had sheds fully intact flying towards the back of our houses, trees came down, garden fences and walls, tiles off the roof of the houses.”
Peter Hubbard, who lives just metres away, said: “The whole length of the allotments at the rear of our garden suffered extensive damage.
“I would say the width of the extensive damage was actually quite small where the funnel passed but it coincided with the row of sheds.
“Most had roofs torn off or turned over. Greenhouses in the path of the tornado were twisted and smashed.
“The large water tanks which, even when empty, must weigh 20kg had been thrown around like they were paper.
“Our house is about 40 metres away and our garden furniture was blown around but we suffered no damage thankfully.
“As it was around 8.15pm and still light there may have been people working on their allotments but we didn’t see anybody who was injured when we arrived.”
Ben Ireland, who lives in Moulton, said: “Some areas are flattened, others look untouched.
“There are about 50 allotment owners on site looking at the damage.
“There’s smashed glass everywhere.” Tornadoes are fairly common in the United Kingdom, with an average of 34 reported every year.
The Met Office says a tornado is “a rapidly rotating column of air that reaches between the base of a storm cloud and the Earth’s surface.
They form in very unsettled weather conditions.
Many conditions need to be present for a tornado to form but, when these conditions are met, a violently whirling mass of air, known as a vortex, forms beneath the storm cloud”.
It adds: “If it continues stretching and intensifying for long enough the vortex touches the ground, at which point it becomes classified as a tornado.”