Villagers left counting cost of damage after freak wind strikes

John and Jackie Forman survey the damage left behind when a tornado destroyed a shed and glasshouses in their back yard in Long Sutton and (below) a sheet from the shed roof embedded in the lawn.
John and Jackie Forman survey the damage left behind when a tornado destroyed a shed and glasshouses in their back yard in Long Sutton and (below) a sheet from the shed roof embedded in the lawn.
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VILLAGERS have been left counting the cost of the damage left behind by the tornado which hit Long Sutton on Thursday.

Jackie and John Forman’s garden in Seagate Road was left in total chaos after their shed and greenhouses were smashed to smithereens by the tornado – one of only about 30 a year to hit the UK according to the Met Office.

169 Seagate Road Long Sutton'Workshop destroyed by tornado'Names: John and Jackie Forman (John came out of the workshop only minutes before it collapsed)

169 Seagate Road Long Sutton'Workshop destroyed by tornado'Names: John and Jackie Forman (John came out of the workshop only minutes before it collapsed)

Mrs Forman said: “It is total devastation. All the glass is smashed in the greenhouses and even the metal frames have been twisted.

“We have got a lot of mess to clean up, but we are counting ourselves lucky because if John had been in the shed it could have been a lot worse.”

And Dave Matthews, of Woad Lane, took a number of pictures of the devastation in his street, including a toppled chimney, twisted trampoline and demolished fence.

He said: “I don’t think my boss believed me when I said I had to go home because a tornado had hit my house.”

And Michael Cross, of Long Sutton Butterfly and Wildlife Park, where a security guard was injured when his caravan was turned over, said: “It’s unbelievable the way it has just touched down, wrecked the caravan, and then disappeared leaving just about everything else untouched.

“The caravan was a total wreck – the tornado just rolled it over and over until it slammed into the fence next to the buffalo paddock.

“It’s travelled quite a distance and now it just looks like someone has taken a tin opener to it.

“Jock managed to stagger, bent over, to the kiosk and he was dripping with blood.

“He has told us he has had some stitches in his head and is badly bruised. I think he was quite shaken by it all.”