Tue. Dec 7th, 2021

A “mini-tornado” hit a suburban Widnes street today – felling trees, smashing fences and toppling masonry.

The first warning residents at Kensington Close and Greenwich Avenue had that something was wrong was a sound that was described as resembling large hailstones or a plane approaching the area before a sudden noise eruption compared to an explosion.

A man told ECHO that he saw a trampoline fly 150 meters in the air.

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A strip of fence had even been torn from a wall and draped over the edge of Moorfield Road by the force of the weather phenomenon, and a pillar bordering someone’s garden had been pushed over and smashed the window of a car.

Residents have now begun the task of cleaning up the rubbish-strewn dead end, sweeping and throwing smashed bricks in leaps and bounds.

No injuries have yet been reported, although an official statement has not yet been released.

A police saving was in place when ECHO participated.

Subsequently a 'tornado' that hit Camberwell Road, Kensington Close and Greenwich Avenue in Widnes today.
Subsequently a ‘tornado’ that hit Camberwell Road, Kensington Close and Greenwich Avenue in Widnes today.

Two jumps had been dropped for residents of Benjamin Karalius jump spring.

A resident who asked not to be named described the experience of the tornado’s arrival.

He said, “I was down next to the house, messing around and messing with some baseboards.

Subsequent tornado.
Subsequent tornado.

“I came around in front, I thought the wind was getting a little strong.

“I looked around and the car roof was damaged, the rear windows were smashed and the rear block panels were smashed.

“I was down at the entrance when it all started.

I thought ‘I’m running this out’.

A fence and brick pillars smashed to the ground by the tornado.
A fence and brick pillars smashed to the ground by the tornado.

“I did not see anything, but everything began to blow over the gate, and I thought ‘oh my God’.”

Dom Smith said: “Of course it ran down the back track and the next minute trash cans started flying in the air, trees were going.

“One of them, what are they called, a trampoline that literally flies 150 meters in the air and goes over the houses.

“Within about 20-30 seconds it was back to normal”

Subsequently a 'tornado' that hit Kensington Close and Greenwich Avenue in Widnes today.
Subsequently a ‘tornado’ that hit Kensington Close and Greenwich Avenue in Widnes today.

Elliot Smith, Dom’s son, said: “It came out of nowhere and then went.

“It came and went.”

Lynn Fraser, told ECHO she was inside at the time.

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She said: “It sounded like it was wind and rain, and the next minute it was like giant hailstones and then like an aircraft engine whirling.

“And then in the next minute I could hear crashes and things smashing.

“I thought it was a house that was blown up or a bomb that was blown up.”

graA Cheshire Police spokeswoman said: “At 12.25pm ​​on Wednesday 20 October, police received reports of injuries in the Widnes area.

“The damage includes a wall falling, windows of cars smashed and rubbish on Camberwell Road.

A number of roadblocks are in place, including Camberwell Road at the intersection of Moorfield (Road).

“There has also been damage to the garage of a property on Kensington Close.

‘No injuries have been reported.

“The damage has been reported to police as caused by a minitornado.”

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